Allison Welp B.H.S.

Graduate Student Researcher

Allison Welp is a graduate student researcher in Dr. Jennifer Bomberger's laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2017, she received her BHS in Medical Laboratory Scientist at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. As an undergraduate, she analyzed clinical isolates of the nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii that were isolated from patients with cystic fibrosis. She studied antibiotic resistance patterns and phage domestication of these isolates for her thesis research. She is a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist and worked in the medical microbiology laboratory at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, KY, processing patient samples and performing antimicrobial susceptibility testing. She began her doctoral studies in the Program in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2017. She joined the Bomberger lab in 2018 and is studying viral-bacterial co-infections for her doctoral research. She is currently studying how Pseudomonas aeruginosa dominates the CF respiratory tract through type VI secretion induction and how this influences microbial community dynamics in the airways.