Thomas Jenkins

Thomas Jenkins
Mentor: Dr. Max Teplitski
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
"I got involved with research because I like learning about new things beyond my major."





Research Interests

  • Genetics
  • Medicine
  • Economics

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • Anderson Scholar
  • IB Diploma


  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Campus Crusade


  • Sidney Lanier
  • Youth Combine
  • Gator Bowl Association

Hobbies and Interests

  • Sports
  • Nature

Research Description

Nitric Oxide (NO) Signaling in Salmonella: Genes Involved in Biofilm Dispersion
" I propose to identify genes that are involved in biofilm dispersion upon exposure to Nitric Oxide. To identify these genes, we will generate several Salmonella 14028 mutants by deleting known and putative genes classified as nitric oxide reductase. Individually ORF(s) mutants will be made using the Datsenko method, and screened by exposure to NO. The end goal is the creation of a product that will serve as an effective removal agent for the pathogens that reside in biofilms.