A Future Colleague
The next phase of Darby’s research will be left for a future Guilfordian to pick up. “Worm trials would be next,” she says. “We’d feed the bacteria with the disabled enzyme to worms and if they survive, we’d know we successfully killed the bacteria.”
With graduation approaching and a move to Maryland in her future, the next Guilford researcher to work on this project will have to be determined by Darby’s mentor and Professor of Biology and Director of Research and Creative Endeavors, Melanie Lee-Brown. “Melanie will be the one to approach the next student who might be interested in this kind of work, and hopefully their senior thesis can tackle the next phase.”
Melanie has high praise for Darby, who she calls a future colleague. According to her, Johns Hopkins made a wise investment choosing Darby.
“Schools want to know that students understand what graduate programs are going to be like. And since graduate schools are investing in these future researchers they want to know that the candidate will continue and successfully complete their degree,” Melanie says. “She took advantage of all the opportunities to show she is ready to succeed in a graduate program and, clearly, the graduate programs she applied to noticed her work.”