Wei Li

 Wei Li
Mentor: Dr. Arthur Edison
College of Medicine
 
"The reason that I decided to take the opportunity of doing undergraduate research is to learn more about the sciences than I was in the classroom. In other words, I wanted to get the most out of my college education by learning how to apply the knowledge from tests and textbooks to a real, live setting. Through this experience, I found out that reading about the scientific method is way less meaningful than actually using it an experiment."
 

Major

Microbiology

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Immunological Response to Pathogens
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology

Academic Awards

  • Dean's List
  • Principal's Honor Roll

Organizations

  • N/A

Volunteer

  • Shepherd's Hope
  • Al'z Place
  • Shands

Hobbies and Interests

  • Watching Movies, Sports (Football and Basketball)
  • Reading
  • Volunteering
  • Running

Research Description

Pathogenesis of Vibrio Vulnificus on Mutant Strains of C. Elegans
Vibrio vulnificus is a Gram-negative, opportunistic pathogen causes fever, chills and decrease in blood pressure in those that are immunocompromised, and can reach a mortality rate of over 50% in septic patients. We will be using Caenorhabditis elegans, a free-living nematode, to study chemical communication and responses to adverse conditions. C. elegans has a similar innate immune system to that of humans, which makes it a model organism to study infections. The purpose of this project is to gain a better understanding of the V. vulnificus infection mechanisms on the host, as well as the regulatory pathways that are important for the defense of V. vulnificus.