Women’s Research in STEM Showcase: Meet the Scientists – Part Four

Say hello to four more amazing scientists who are studying areas like how social media profiles users, the spine’s played a role in human evolution, the chemistry of antibiotics, and how fungus becomes resistant. Learn more about them below and next Thursday, April 4th, at our Showcase!

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

Charuta Pethe

Charuta is a 2nd year PhD student in Computer Science, working in the Data Science and Analytics Lab. She is developing techniques for text generation and user profiling on social media. She loves to play badminton and is a big Harry Potter fan!

Abigail Nishimura

Abigail is a PhD candidate in the Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences. She studies human evolution and has a special interest in the spine.

Abigail researches how the shape of the spine relates to its function, information that can be used to better interpret the human fossil record. When she isn’t in lab, she enjoys knitting, baking, and board games.

Rajeswari Basu

Raj is a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry. She is involved in studies on drug – target residence time and its effects, as well as the post-antibiotic effect of small molecule inhibitors on LpxC, a target in bacteria for antibiotics. In her free time she likes writing in her diary, travelling, and listening to music.

Erika Orner

Erika is a PhD student in the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology. She studies how replicative aging of the fungus, Cryptococcus neoformans, increases their resistance to antifungals and the immune system. Outside of lab she enjoys baking, teaching, and beaching.

Curious about their research? Come to the Women’s Research in STEM Showcase on April 4th to learn more!


Author: sbugwise

We are the Graduate Women in Science and Engineering group at Stony Brook University and we are dedicated to supporting women in STEM fields.

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