Mentor: Dr. Peggy Borum
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
"As a freshman coming into the University of Florida, I made it a priority to get involved in research as soon as possible. I knew I wanted to make a difference in directly and research provides that opportunity. The fact that always fascinated me about research is that researchers are always on that frontier that separates current knowledge and future discovery and are reaching out at the truths that have yet to be attained. I am fortunate enough to currently be involved in the InvestiGators Research Honor Society, which has provided me with that exact opportunity to formulate my own questions, answer those questions, and a chance to write a story about what I have found. With three years left of my undergraduate experience, I am eager at what awaits me in terms of my research."
Microbiology and Cell Science, Food Science and Human Nutrition
- Fuel Metabolism
- Animal Microbiome
Hobbies and Interests
The Creation and Testing of a Fuel Metabolite Menu
The Fuel Metabolite Menu (FMM) created and tested will focus on the metabolites involved in metabolic fuel metabolism. Fuel metabolism includes the various compounds that can possibly play a role within pathways associated with the breakdown of amino acid, fatty-acid, and carbohydrate, as well as acylcarnitine profiles. The FMM will be created via a collaborative effort with the laboratory principal investigator using several online databases such as METLIN and Human Metabolome Database and content curation of published fuel metabolism papers collected by the laboratory over the past 40 years and organized using EndNote. The FMM will go through a series of tests and refinement and then will be ready for its first use in clinical studies studying alterations in fuel metabolism as a treatment for chronic disease states.