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In the Hood

Hillary Clark
2nd-year PhD student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB)
PI: Valeria Culotta, PhD

The bacterium that causes Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, has a rare talent: It thrives without using iron for any cellular processes, such as metabolism or DNA replication. Hillary Clark is studying this unique aspect of B. burgdorferi’s success—seeking insights that might one day be used against it.

“I used to have to go to rooms on opposite sides of the building to gather my materials,” says Clark, “and go back and forth all day.”

Now, she adds, “everything I need to do one experiment is in one place.”

Clark has similar praise for the new Tissue Culture Room. “The hood is huge, the lighting is great, and everything is organized. It’s a lot more efficient to get things set up and start my experiments.”

Not that Clark’s in a rush. After spending a day in the new lab, she says her first thought was, “[I’m] happy that I’m only a second year, and I get to spend a lot more time here.”


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