Member Monday: Meet Lori Niehaus

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As a biology and international studies major, Lori is interested in trying to understand the ways chemically-mediated microbial interactions could be used to improve human health across the globe.  Currently, she is studying the combined effect of two substances that inhibit bacterial growth - acetic acid and erythromycin.  The potential applications of this research are plentiful.  Low concentrations of acetic acid, for example, have been found to be effective in treating burns, and as resistance to penicillin increases, more and more patients are relying on erythromycin as an an antibiotic. Outside of the lab and the classroom, Lori enjoys playing intramural soccer and basketball and is currently training for the Boston Marathon!