Julie DuClos, a Biotechnology Trainee Program (BTP) trainee and second-year Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology graduate student in the Venturelli Lab, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GFRP) award this year. DuClos’s research explores the effects of low oxygen levels on bacteria community assembly and function.
“I’m focusing on our gut microbiome,” says DuClos. “Low oxygen levels have a huge impact on the metabolism of these bacteria, so we want to understand how resilient the communities are to changes in oxygen levels. Having the funding to be able to do this research just means so much to me and it’s especially meaningful because it’s really recognizing the past and present work being done in the Venturelli Lab.”