Putnam Research Fellowship

2024 Putnam Fellow: Alyssa Zaye Lara

Alyssa is a third-year graduate student in the Newton lab. She studies the molecular basis of how the endosymbiotic bacterium Wolbachia blocks the replication of mosquito-borne viruses.

2024 Putnam Fellow: Averi McFarland

Averi is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Winkler lab. Her research is focused on the coordination of peptidoglycan synthesis and precursor metabolism in the major upper respiratory pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae. Alongside her research, she has taught IFLE undergraduate students in a laboratory setting as well as several semesters of Molecular Microbiology.