Author: Lauren Gandy
I am a second-year PhD candidate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. I study the anaerobic gastrointestinal microbiota to discern underlying metabolic and respiratory pathways. I previously attended the University of Central Florida and obtained a BS in Forensic Science - Biochemistry and BS in French in 2017. My research interests are microbial biochemistry, bioenergetics, forensic biological and analytical chemistry.

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 one of the world’s greatest bacterial threats, Pseudomonas aeruginosa.