Author: Lauren Gandy
Lauren is a 3rd year PhD student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute studying the bioenergetics of gastrointestinal microbes and their secondary metabolism, focusing on short-chain fatty acid and vitamin production. Lauren also participates in her university's student government and is a member of the ACS Eastern New York local and Younger Chemists Committee sections. She obtained her BS in Forensic Biochemistry at the University of Central Florida in 2017. Outside the lab, she enjoys gaming, reading, exploring the local theater and historical scene, and bike riding.

Fishing for bacteria with gold and DNA

What happens when you bring DNA strands, gold nanoparticles, conformation-induced color changes, and a highly-intrusive bacterium together? A field-portable, inexpensive test for the world’s greatest bacterial threats.