Avery explored a novel antibiotic resistance gene in Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonorrhea). Antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates is well documented, and indicates Neisseria gonorrhoeae maybe be untreatable in the future, which is a public health concern.
During Avery’s summer research, she learned how to design a suicide vector for homologous recombination with chromosomal genes after transformation.
In addition she became familiar with an array of methods, including PCR, DNA gel electrophoresis, genomic DNA purification, and plasmid purification, to name a few.
Additionally, Avery presented her current progress in a laboratory seminar.
Avery’s laboratory experience with Dr. Dillon and colleagues fostered a passion for research in herself, and therefore she foresees possibly pursuing research during her future career as a physician. Avery keenly believes that undergraduate research experience not only provides an opportunity to hone techniques taught in the classroom, but also nurtures the desire to attain knowledge, and promotes lifelong learning.