SAFE Student Spotlight: Madeline Wight

Madeline Wight, M.S. Biology
Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund Recipient: Spring 2022

Project: “Caloric Restriction and Its Effect on the Microbial Ecology of the Gut”

Wight received a Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) grant to fund the steps leading to the collection of Nanopore amplicon sequencing libraries for 16S rRNA analysis. This information was used to gain a deeper understanding of caloric restrictions and their effect on the microbial ecology of the gut. Wight feels that the grant gave her a “sense of security and accomplishment” by being able to “think more freely and openly” about her project without having to worry about funding. 

Wight is earning her Master of Science in Biology and expects to graduate from App State in Spring 2023. Currently, she works in the Department of Biology as a graduate teaching assistant and student researcher with an interest in dietetics, microbiology and DNA extraction and sequencing.


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SAFE Student Spotlight: Madeline Wight
Published: Apr 11, 2023 9:02am