April 28, 2021 at 5:19 pm

Emily Marino Infects Culture Cells to Look at Severity of Staph Infections

Emily Marino, portrait

Emily Marino

From Ohio University News

Emily Marino would tell you that growing up she was a germaphobe and always interested in the microbiology of germs; how they worked, the different types of bacteria, and how it affected a person’s body. Today, she’s taken that interest into her studies and career, researching Staphylococcus aureus, or the bacterial pathogen that causes staph infections in order to help solve bigger problems on a micro scale.

Not only has her long interest in microbiology allowed her to work hands-on researching it, but she was recently named a Goldwater Scholar.

“It means a lot to be recognized for my research and to feel like the work I’m doing is important enough to be looked at on such a prestigious scale,” Marino said. “I love having the opportunity to do this research as an undergrad and feel like I’ve made a lot of my mentors and colleagues proud.”

Marino, a junior biological sciences major in the Honors Tutorial College from Grove City, Ohio, has been working under associate professor Dr. Ronan Carroll, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, and in his lab studying staph infections since spring semester her freshman year.

Marino is one of 410 students selected nationally to receive the Goldwater Scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, room, and board up to a maximum of $7,500.

The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in the fields of the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics. The Goldwater Scholarship is the preeminent undergraduate award of its type in these fields.


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