Sara McCarty — Biochemistry
Currently, there is no way to stop the growth of Xylella fastidiosa (Xf) once a plant has been affected. Knowing which genes are affected by calcium in both biofilm and planktonic cells would be useful for the development of an inhibitor or other regulatory treatment that prevents the growth of biofilm to help control plant diseases that XF causes. Sara joined this lab group because of her interest in learning about the process of researching a disease. As an Undergraduate Research Fellow, she has had the opportunity to not only perform this research project, but also write a thesis and present at Auburn’s Research Week, all in preparation for graduate school and a career in research.
Project Title: Gene Regulation of Xylella Fastidiosa to Calcium
Mentor: Dr. Leonardo De La Fuente, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology