Congratulations Anisa Salim Ismail, Molecular Biologist at Princeton University for winning a 2013 L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship!
Mammals have coevolved with vast populations of commensal (friendly) bacteria, the majority of which are found in the intestine. Even though maintaining friendly relationships with commensal bacteria is critical to human health, the exact mechanisms that regulate this relationship are still not fully understood.
Dr. Ismail will use the L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science award to establish mouse models to study the possibility that commensals and mammalian cells "talk" to each other, through a process called quorum sensing, to establish the beneficial relationships shared in the intestine.
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