Aimee Shen, Ph.D, assistant professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, was recently named a Pew Scholar for 2012. This is a prestigious award that invests in young scientists in order to help them continue important research to advance biomedical science.

The Pew Scholars for 2012 will be researching human health issues. Dr. Shen will be focusing her research on investigating a hospital-acquired, anti-biotic-resistant gastrointestinal bacteria, called Clostridium difficile or C. difficile. She will be researching why this bacteria can go dormant and then regain activity and what enzymes may cause these changes.

For more information on her recent success, please see her biography on the Pew Scholar website and the recent article put out by the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine.

Congratulations Dr. Shen!

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