Melanie Spero Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Melanie Spero received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015 in the lab of Dr. Timothy Donohue, where she studied the role of two NADH dehydrogenase isozymes in the metabolically versatile bacterium, Rhodobacter sphaeroides. In 2016, she started her postdoctoral work in Dr. Dianne Newman's lab at Caltech. As a postdoc, she studies the use of anaerobic metabolism by the opportunistic pathogen, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, in chronic infections. This work includes studying the potential use of chlorate for killing anaerobic, antibiotic-tolerant P. aeruginosa biofilm populations.