Student NameGarion Rivera
Faculty Mentor NameDr. Stephen Mulkey
CollegeLiberal Arts and Sciences
MajorBiology
Research InterestsTraditional medicine in East Africa
Academic AwardsUniversity of Florida Center for Undergraduate International Research Program Grant, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholar
OrganizationsGator Emergency Medical Response Unit, Medical Assistant at the ACORN medical clinic
Hobbies and InterestsWeight lifting, emergency medicine

Research Project

Traditional Medicine in Rapidly Modernizing Kenya

My partner and I will be analyzing plant pathogenic fungal and bacterial samples collected from Kenya, Africa in order to identify these pathogens and assess their potential socioeconomic effects on the region in which they were collected. We will also be providing an in-depth assessment on the plants utilized for traditional medicine from five different tribes within Kenya; including the species used, method of preparation and disease treated.