National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Scholar

Madelyn Crawford, is a UT senior preparing to graduate with a degree in Honors Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology. Alongside classes, Crawford continues her work in the UT microbiology laboratory run by Jeff Becker. She is trying to finalize over three years of research, working to complete a senior thesis on the effects of a C-terminal molecular epitope tag on a model G protein-coupled receptor, and a fellowship project through the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) examining the effects of temperature on toxin production by the agricultural fungal pathogen Fusarium graminearum. Crawford hopes to publish a paper derived from the thesis project before she leaves the Becker lab, and she will present the results of the fellowship project at the ASM General Meeting in Denver, Colorado. This academic year, Crawford also has been gaining experience in mentorship in the lab. She has been training a student from the Farragut High School science academy, supervising her in a research project that she designed for her. This year, for the second time, Crawford also taught a series of lessons on scientific writing for the Farragut Science Academy students. Crawford will continue to conduct scientific research as a graduate student in the Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis program at Emory University in the fall. After earning her PhD, Crawford plans to pursue an academic research career, studying the molecular interactions between microbes and their hosts. She continues to serve on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Student Advisory Council, the Provost’s Student Advisory Council, and as the Sciences and Engineering Managing Editor for UT’s undergraduate research journal, Pursuit. She also is a member of the Microbiology Undergraduates Club.