Power of 100 Southwest ARCS Scholar (2018-2020)
Freddie is a PhD candidate in Dr. Michael Freeman's lab in the department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics (BMBB), which studies natural product biosynthesis. Natural products are structurally diverse metabolites produced by organisms that often provide a survival advantage under specialized ecological or metabolic conditions. These molecules are very often used for medical or industrial applications as antibiotics, anti-cancer compounds, and food preservatives, to name a few.
With this award, Freddie will have the freedom to much more easily attend out-of-state conferences during the remainder of her graduate school career. This award will also provide her with freedom to spend more time mentoring high school students through their independent research projects.