Grace Oldham

Grace Oldham

Mentor

Dr. Jeong

College

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Major

Biology

Minor

Spanish

Organizations

Sigma Kappa, Gator Wesley

Academic Awards

Dean's List, Honors College

Volunteering

Alzheimer's Association

Research Interests

Bacterial Genomics

Hobbies and Interests

Volleyball, Event planning

Research Project

Comparative Whole Genome Analysis of Methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus to Understand Genetic Features Associated with Host Adaptation and Dissemination in both Humans and Food Animals

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a typical human and animal pathogen, causing various diseases. Importantly, certain MRSA clonal lineages have been found in both food animals and humans that pose great concerns to public health. Nevertheless, we still have limited understanding of how these MRSA clones successfully colonize in different hosts. We aim to understand genetic features that enable MRSA for colonization, such as antibiotic resistant genes, virulence factors, and mobile genetic elements, with an emphasis on the differences between human and animal hosts.