ejdcruz

Student Profile

First Name: 
Erin
Last Name: 
dela Cruz
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Primary Institution: 
FHCRC
Department/Division: 
Vaccine and Infections Disease Institute
Department/Division: 
other
MCB Entry Quarter: 
Autumn
MCB Entry Year: 
2013
E-Mail: 
Mail/Box #: 

358080

Phone: 
(206) 667-6991
Lab Information
Advisor: 
Lab Location: 
FHCRC/Box 358080/E4-100
Lab Phone #: 
(206) 667-2820
Research
Research Summary: 

My research investigates the role of vaginal lactobacilli in the prevention and pathogenesis of bacterial vaginosis. To elucidate the effect of vaginal Lactobacillus colonization on the likelihood of developing BV, I am performing an epidemiological analysis on data generated by a longitudinal cohort study on the dynamics of the vaginal microbiota. Additionally, my research examines the extent to which production of antimicrobial substances differs across Lactobacillus species. To do this, I am performing a comparative genomics analysis of vaginal lactobacilli to examine differences in the numbers and kinds of small, antimicrobial peptides encoded. Thesein silico findings will be compared to in vitro antimicrobial activity against bacterial vaginosis-associated bacteria.

Areas of Interest: 
Microbiology, Infection & Immunity
Academic Information
Joint / Related Programs: 
MSTP
TA/Out Reach
Class/Activity: 
Biol 200
Quarter: 
Winter
Year: 
2015