Lumarie Pérez-Guzmán, a graduate student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources is a recipient of the competitive National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) fellowship award for 2014. Pérez-Guzmán is spending the summer in Japan conducting research at Kanazawa University in the lab of Dr. Yoshihiro Fukumori, a professor in the Department of Life Science. The research experience is also funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Dr. Fukumori is an expert with over two decades of experience in research related to magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) and environmental microbiology. His research includes biochemical, and genetic approaches as well as high-resolution microscopy.
Reflecting on the fellowship, Pérez-Guzmán notes that the opportunity to work in Dr. Fukumori’s lab will significantly enhance her development as a scientist in the field of environmental microbiology. She says, “His laboratory has the equipment, technology and expertise that will help to make this opportunity a very educational, and productive one. I will benefit from working in his lab because his team is currently working on the structural analysis of cell membranes using High Speed Atomic Force Microscopy, and I can learn this technique and apply it to my samples.” She also notes, “Participating in EAPSI 2014, will create a professional network between our lab at The Ohio State University and Kanazawa University, and will facilitate future collaborations.”
(photo courtesy of Lumarie Pérez-Guzmán)