Nicholas Simon Jr., Ph.D. student.
Major advisor: Jennifer Shaw.
Cardiovascular Physiology, Vascular Calcification.
B.S. Biology, 2017, Langston University.
During my undergraduate career at Langston University, my major advisor, Dr. KJ Abraham, introduced me to the world of scientific research. I became fascinated with bacteria and how they affect human body processes. After a period of volunteering in Dr. Abraham’s lab, I ultimately acquired funding to complete my honors research thesis project, which focused on carcinogenic compounds formed from the degradation of synthetic dyes by Bacillus cereus. My current research focuses on Pseudomonas aeuruginosa and its potential contributions to vascular calcification in vivo. The results of my research will provide greater insight into the specific role this organism plays in the progression of vascular calcification, a prominent health disparity.