Modeling the Lung Microbiome
Carcinogens like benzene can enter the human lung when inhaled in certain environments. The 2017 Purdue iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) team set out to develop a preventative therapy fighting cancers of the lung. The proposed solution was a bacterial treatment containing modified cells from the lung microbiome capable of degrading hazardous chemicals.
I modeled the delivery of the treatment (i.e., the engineered bacteria from the lung microbiome) while designing and performing assays to test the preservation of engineered bacteria in sucrose and milk powder.
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