Austin graduated in 2019 from Haverford College with a major in biology and a minor in health studies. He enrolled in Johns Hopkins University as a graduate student in Health Administration. He worked alongside Dr. Miller to further characterize how different quorum sensing signals in Streptococcus suis affect their competence.
Hope graduated in 2019 and is spending time working in a research laboratory before plans for graduate school. Her research focused on the interactions between plants and their leaf-surface bacteria in order to discover more about which bacteria positively and negatively affect plant growth.
Younghee graduated in 2019 and is now working in the Maday Lab at Perelman School of Medicine. She hopes to attend medical school in Philadelphia to pursue a career in child psychiatry. In the MEE Lab, Younghee was working on a project centered around the “blp” operon within the two microbial species, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Streptococcus suis. The operon produces what are known as killing peptide “bacteriocins”, as well as immunity proteins that prevent the bacteria from simultaneously committing cell suicide.