Rachel Sutton

Research Assistant II

I am a recent Honors program graduate of Martin Methodist College where I received my undergraduate degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. In the Fall of 2016, I began my undergraduate research project which involved the study, and characterization, of a novel species of Enterococcus bacteria originally isolated from Drosophila simulans, at Duke Universtiy. I successfully reinfected Drosohpila sp., and demonstrated Koch’s postulates, to show stable infection. In the summer of 2017, I was a participant in the University of Alabama Birmingham’s Summer in Biomedical Science program where I was tasked with determining if glucosinolates, found in cruciferous vegetables, are converted to Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) agonists, by lactic acid bacteria, over the course of food fermentation to improve intestinal immunity.