BS Biological Sciences '23, Honors
Drexel Faculty Mentors: Dr. Joris Beld, Dr. Amy Ma, Dr. Susan Gurney, and Dr. Svetlana Khakhina
Anh Quach is a fourth-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Food Science. As an international student from a non-STEM background, she was first introduced to research during her freshman year via the SEA-PHAGES program, where she investigated the efficacy of bacteriophages versus antibiotics in eradicating bacteria. Her subsequent work in the STAR Scholars Program and her co-ops further solidified her passion for microbiological research, particularly microbial ecology and antibiotic resistance. She currently works as a research assistant at Drexel University College of Medicine to study vitamin B12 metabolism in bacteria from environmental samples.
Through the DAAD RISE program, Anh hopes to explore the structures and roles of bacterial efflux pumps in multidrug resistance. She will be conducting research to investigate the structural dynamics and functions of a special type of ABC transporter proteins. These proteins are utilized by bacteria as efflux pumps to remove toxins and antibiotics from their system. She aspires to become a microbiologist to further investigate the mechanisms behind antibiotic resistance to help combat the antibiotic resistance crisis.
Last updated: March 2022