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Kelsey Binder

Thesis Advisor: Ryan Hunter

Year entered: 2014

Degrees received:
B.A., Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2012


Many respiratory diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma and Chronic Rhinosinusitus are characterized by chronic infections. Recent advances have advanced our understanding of the intricate microbial communities that exist within these patients however, the role the microbes play in these diseases is still largely unestablished. We hypothesize that disease state is influenced not by which microbes are present but by what they are doing. My work seeks to use Bio-orthogonal amino acid tagging (BONCAT) in order to identify actively growing bacteria and the proteins they are making. I am interested in using this technique to correlate bacterial activity with our understanding of these chronic infections