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October, 2011

Cherisse Hall
Graduate Student
Dr. Christopher Kristich Laboratory

Degree - B.A. in Biochemistry

Joined MCW in June, 2007

What brought you to MCW?
Immediately after graduating from college, I got the opportunity to work as a research technician in Dr. Joseph Barbieri's lab in Microbiology.  I really enjoyed performing biochemical experiments and the intellectual challenges that I got on the job.  A few months in, I decided to apply to the IDP program here at MCW for graduate studies because I was impressed with MCW's training of graduate students.

What are your current responsibilities?
I am a fourth year graduate student in the lab of Dr. Christopher Kristich where I study  proteins that are involved in the signaling pathway that confers antibiotic resistance in Enterococcus faecalis.  I utilize a number of biochemical and genetic techniques in carrying out my thesis projects. 

Favorite thing about your position?
I get to work with a great group of people who demonstrate tremendous passion for science.  The environment is very relaxed, yet productive, which has definitely made my learning and research experiences here even better.

Hobbies and outside of work interests?
I absolutely love to read books and will try to fit in some reading whenever my schedule allows.  Currently, I'm reading Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart".

Interesting "Fun Fact"?
I have lived in the city of Appleton in two different countries.  I spent the first 4 years of my childhood in Appleton, St. Elizabeth in Jamaica, which is the home of the Appleton Estate Rum Factory.  For my first four years in the US I lived in Appleton, Wisconsin to attend college.

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