The SIMB Diversity Travel Award was established to promote diversity and to increase the participation of underrepresented minority groups in the Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) amongst the graduate students making presentations at any SIMB sponsored meeting. SIMB would like to congratulate this year’s winner, Brittany Forkus.
Brittany Forkus is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the chemical engineering program at the University of Minnesota, working with Professor Kaznessis in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) on the development of antibiotic-alternatives for livestock use. Her research focuses on engineering probiotic bacteria to produce and secrete antimicrobial proteins with activity against foodborne pathogens. Outside of the lab, Brittany is an officer of the CEMS Women’s group, an organization which works to promote the success of female graduate students. She is also a mentor for undergraduates and high-school students who are interested in bioengineering research