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Lauren Brooks

My research interests lie at the intersection of environmental and health sciences. By investigating the role of environmental bacteria in the spread of antibiotic resistance genes, my research has implications in the health sciences. I plan on continuing this research avenue to investigate the roles of specific bacterial taxa and begin to quantify the role of environmental organisms in the rise of antibiotic resistant infections.

EDUCATION
Doctor of Philosophy, 2016
Department of Microbiology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Dissertation: Novel experimental designs and mathematical models to study Fecal Indicator Bacteria persistence in surface water
Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching, 2015
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Master of Environmental Science, 2011
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT
Concentration: Water Science and Policy
Master’s Project: Use of Quantitative-PCR and host-specific genetic markers to identify sources of bacterial contamination in Coastal Connecticut

Bachelor of Science, 2009
Marshall University, Huntington, WV
Majors: Environmental Science; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Minor: Chemistry
Senior Thesis: Assessment of the Second Creek Watershed in Monroe County, WV

HONORS AND AWARDS
• Charles E. and Clara Marie Eckelman Fellowship, September 2013- September 2016
• Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, September 2012-September 2013
• Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Research Colloquium:
Best Presentation, April, 2011
• Hixon Fellowship, January 2010-May 2011
• Graduated Magna Cum Laude, May 2009
• Biological Science Outstanding Graduating Student Award, May 2009
• Integrated Science and Technology Outstanding Graduating Student Award, May 2009
• Charles J. Gould Travel Award, March 2009
• Undergraduate Research Award at Marshall University, March 2009

Advisor: 
Dr. Mark Sistrom