Rita Algorri

Rita Algorri

Rita Algorri is a freelance writer, PhD candidate in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics, and Master's student in Regulatory Science at the University of Southern California. Her doctoral research focuses upon developing strategies to harness and modulate the host immune system during Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections and sepsis. She earned a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Nutrition Sciences from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA near her hometown in New Jersey. She also advocates for women in STEM through her position as a co-founder and executive board member of the Los Angeles chapter of Graduate Women in Science (GWIS).

Currently available therapies are unable to extend glioblastoma patient survival past 20 months following diagnosis, so researchers are turning to viruses to help battle these tricky, invasive tumors.

While we don’t yet understand what makes a healthy microbiome, we know that certain interventions, such as antibiotic use and Cesarean sections, can change babies’ microbiomes, for better or for worse.  

These days, bacteria wear many hats as they become the fashion designers, artists, and architects of the future.

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