Amanda Williams-Rhaesa – University of Georgia
Amanda Williams-Rhaesa is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia, where she works in Dr. Michael Adams’ lab. Prior to joining the doctoral program, Amanda received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and her B.A. in Italian from the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on utilizing thermophilic bacteria for biofuel production from plant biomass. Currently, she has been focusing on metabolic engineering the cellulolytic thermophile Caldicellulosiruptor bescii for increased ethanol production and her work has included studying the genetic stability of different strains of this organism. Amanda is dedicated to promoting diversity and women in STEM and has focused her efforts on local outreach and mentorship of undergraduate students for independent research.