Laura Sanchez

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    College: Pharmacy Department: Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: 321 PHARM Phone: 312-996-084
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    The Sanchez lab utilizes cutting edge mass spectrometry techniques to study the chemical language microbes use to communicate with one another and their surroundings. We aim to exploit this chemical communication to understand how microbes function in and affect a host in different health and disease states. The two main project involve (1) cheese-derived microbial communities and (2) biofilm forming bacteria's response to biofilm inhibitors.

    Our work is very interdisciplinary and encompasses aspects of chemical biology, natural products discovery, mass spectrometry, host biology, and genome mining.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Biological science majors only (biology, chemistry, etc). Must be enrolled in, or have taken (and enjoyed) organic chemistry

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    The majority of the research will involve basic microbiological techniques (inoculations from frozen stocks, getting up microbial interaction pairs, fermentation, etc). Student will be frequently working with microbial samples under sterile conditions.

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