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Fillinger, Robert

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I attended Michigan State University with a double major in chemistry and biochemistry and a minor in computer science. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in the Fall of 2015. In August of 2014, I began a project with Dr. Robert Abramovitch who researches the pathogenesis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. My project focused on finding new pathways and compounds from a high-throughput screen that could be used for treatment in M. tuberculosis infections. This work could lead to new and much needed antibiotic treatments of  M. tuberculosis. As a part of my work, I have also begun learning bioinformatics in order to manage and manipulate large genomic data sets, an increasingly important skill in microbiology. Through my work at MSU, I have gained a strong interest in human disease and I would like to be able to use my research experience to pursue a career researching ways to develop targeted, faster, and less expensive treatments for human disease.