Currently: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI Microbiology Doctoral Training Program 2018- present. Using CRISPRi tools to map cell envelope pathways in Acinetobacter baumannii.
Jennifer Tran ‘18 is a biochemistry and genetics double major from Carrollton, Texas. Jennifer impressed the faculty, staff, and student reviewers and interview panel with her ability to view issues from multiple angles, her appreciation of a “eureka” moment earlier this year that changed her view of the world and her enthusiasm for problem solving. While her description of herself as “independent” and “involved” was clearly demonstrated by her many activities, the critical self-knowledge and self-deprecating humor demonstrated in her application essays made quite an impact on the application readers.
Jennifer was a University Honors freshman and member of the Biochemistry and Genetics Society. She began research her first semester at TAMU with the Aggie Research Scholars helping to build a self-regulating pressure pump and then moved to the laboratory of Dr. Vishal Gohil in the department of Biochemistry and Biophysics to study mitochondrial copper transport. Jennifer started her leadership development through the MSC Champe-Fitzhugh International Honors Leadership Seminar the summer before matriculating at TAMU and has continued as a member of the Freshman Leadership Experience Service committee. Even while in her first semester at TAMU, she continued community service she began in the Dallas area, such as her volunteer work with the Dallas Marathon.
As a Beckman Scholar, Tran joined the laboratory of Dr. Ry Young, the first Director of the Center for Phage Technology, looking for ways to identify and adapt phage particles for use as a new paradigm for antibiotic function.