Kathryn Brink

I am characterizing peptide interactions with a virulence-associated bacterial sensor (two-component system) from Salmonella Typhimurium, with the goal of identifying therapeutically-relevant antimicrobial peptides. As part of this work, I generate peptide libraries and then use fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) and Illumina next-generation sequencing (NGS) to perform high-throughput screening for peptide activity. I analyze the data obtained from these screens using custom Python scripts (using pandas, scipy, BioPython, and regular expressions).

I am also interested in the biosecurity aspects of synthetic biology and currently (as of August 2019) serve as the EBRC Student and Postdoc Association (SPA) liaison to the EBRC Biosecurity Working Group.

Download Resume Expected Start of Employment: 2021
Geographical Preference: West
Highest Level of Experience Attained: Bachelors
Research Category: Experimental

Current Institution: Rice University
Graduate Degree: Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology

Undergraduate Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Undergraduate Major: Biological Engineering