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I am using genomic and culture-based approaches to study patterns of antibiotic resistance, with particular interest in the beautiful Streptomyces bacteria. Streptomyces are not only responsible for the earthly smell after a rainfall, but also make over 60% of all clinical antibiotics!

To get students exploring many of these same ideas, we developed an evidence-based Agar Art Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) where students paint with pigmented microbes as a canvas for their own microbial discoveries. Our other efforts, like the Research On STEM Education (ROSE) Network, work to improve other avenues of undergraduate education at UAB and across the country.

Find me and my science art on Twitter or Instagram at @admiraladkins.

Faculty Advisor: Jeffrey Morris

Adkins Selected for the 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship is a highly competitive grant given to outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Read more at UAB News.