Audrey Berenson

audrey berenson

Audrey K. Berenson, from Exeter, New Hampshire, will graduate from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 2019 with a degree in biomedical science and a focus in medical microbiology. Audrey received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) for 2017 after working in Dr. Steve Jones’s lab for over a year. Her research topic on bacteria in local oysters derived from her interest in microbiology. “Vibrio parahaemolyticus is odd and fascinating, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about it,” she says. Audrey also learned that conducting research requires a lot of decision making, both before a project starts and throughout the entire process, as unexpected issues arise and plans need to be adapted and altered. As she moved on to preparing for UNH’s Undergraduate Research Conference and writing for Inquiry, she hoped others would benefit by learning about microorganisms around us, and how our impact on the world can affect the food we eat. Audrey is planning for a career in infectious disease research. “I would love to take part in research that has an effect on policy to better protect our environment and its inhabitants, including people.”