Honors & Awards


  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), National Science Foundation (NSF) (2018 - Present)
  • Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Doctoral Fellowship Program, Stanford University (2017 - Present)
  • James H. Clark Foundation Bioengineering Fellowship, Stanford University (2017 - Present)
  • Reid Weaver Dennis Fellowship in the School of Engineering, Stanford University (2017 - Present)
  • Amgen Scholars Alumni Travel Award, Amgen (2016)
  • Poster Presentation Award in Microbiology at ABRCMS Conference, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) (2016)
  • ASM Microbe Conference: Outstanding Student Abstract Award, American Society for Microbiology (ASM) (2016)
  • Anna Matzkin Award in Biology & Kalberman and Kantilal C. Patel Awards in Chemistry, CUNY Brooklyn College (2015,2016)
  • 1st Place Poster Presentation at Brooklyn College Research Symposium, CUNY Brooklyn College (2016)

Education & Certifications


  • B.S., CUNY Brooklyn College, Chemistry (2017)
  • B.S., CUNY Brooklyn College, Biology (2017)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work


  • "Communicating Your Science" Workshop Series, Stanford University (7/12/2018 - 7/21/2018)

    Designed and ran a workshop series addressing communicating scientific research, tailored to the Stanford Summer Research Program (SSRP) Undergraduates. The series consisted of 4 workshops: Oral Presentations, Data/Figure/Method Presentation, Poster Presentations, and Elevator Pitches/Casual Science Chat. In the workshops, students learned about techniques for effectively communicating their research from conceptualizing their talks, creating their slides/posters, and delivering their presentations. All four workshops were united by the following themes: Simplify, Engage, and Focus. In addition, the workshops were accompanied with activities to enhance the lessons taught in each and identify areas of improvement for the ways in which students communicate. An abbreviated form of the workshop series was also given to one of my labs, which was especially useful for our summer students giving lab meeting presentations and poster talks for their respective programs.

    Location

    Stanford

Lab Affiliations


Work Experience


  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, CUNY Brooklyn College (1/5/2015 - 6/15/2017)

    Mechano-Micro-Biology Lab
    Principal Investigator: Nicolas Biais

    Location

    Brooklyn, NY

  • Research Intern, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center (ADARC) (9/2/2013 - 9/1/2015)

    Principal Investigator: Dr. David Ho

    Location

    New York, NY

  • SSRP - Amgen Scholar's Program, Stanford University (6/15/2015 - 8/21/2015)

    Herschlag Lab
    Principal Investigator: Dan Herschlag

    Location

    Stanford, CA

All Publications


  • Immunogenicity and protective efficacy of recombinant Clostridium difficile flagellar protein FliC EMERGING MICROBES & INFECTIONS Ghose, C., Eugenis, I., Sun, X., Edwards, A. N., McBride, S. M., Pride, D. T., Kelly, C. P., Ho, D. D. 2016; 5

    Abstract

    Clostridium difficile is a Gram-positive bacillus and is the leading cause of toxin-mediated nosocomial diarrhea following antibiotic use. C. difficile flagella play a role in colonization, adherence, biofilm formation, and toxin production, which might contribute to the overall virulence of certain strains. Human and animal studies indicate that anti-flagella immune responses may play a role in protection against colonization by C. difficile and subsequent disease outcome. Here we report that recombinant C. difficile flagellin (FliC) is immunogenic and protective in a murine model of C. difficile infection (CDI) against a clinical C. difficile strain, UK1. Passive protection experiments using anti-FliC polyclonal serum in mice suggest this protection to be antibody-mediated. FliC immunization also was able to afford partial protection against CDI and death in hamsters following challenge with C. difficile 630Δerm. Additionally, immunization against FliC does not have an adverse effect on the normal gut flora of vaccinated hamsters as evidenced by comparing the fecal microbiome of vaccinated and control hamsters. Therefore, the use of FliC as a vaccine candidate against CDI warrants further testing.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/emi.2016.8

    View details for Web of Science ID 000370920200002

    View details for PubMedID 26839147

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC4777929

  • Immunogenicity and protective efficacy of Clostridium difficile spore proteins ANAEROBE Ghose, C., Eugenis, I., Edwards, A. N., Sun, X., McBride, S. M., Ho, D. D. 2016; 37: 85-95

    Abstract

    Clostridium difficile is a spore-forming, anaerobic, Gram-positive organism that is the leading cause of antibiotic-associated infectious diarrhea, commonly known as C. difficile infection (CDI). C. difficile spores play an important role in the pathogenesis of CDI. Spore proteins, especially those that are surface-bound may play an essential role in the germination, colonization and persistence of C. difficile in the human gut. In our current study, we report the identification of two surface-bound spore proteins, CdeC and CdeM that may be utilized as immunization candidates against C. difficile. These spore proteins are immunogenic in mice and are able to protect mice against challenge with C. difficile UK1, a clinically-relevant 027/B1/NAP1 strain. These spore proteins are also able to afford high levels of protection against challenge with C. difficile 630Δerm in golden Syrian hamsters. This unprecedented study shows the vaccination potential of C. difficile spore exosporium proteins.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.anaerobe.2015.12.001

    View details for Web of Science ID 000370888400017

    View details for PubMedID 26688279

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC4770901