Recent York Grad Receives NSF Fellowship Toward PhD

York College alumna, Bianca Regina Brown ’15, has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship worth $138,000, to be parsed out over a three-year period toward her PhD studies at Brown University.

Working with fruit flies, barnacles and rodents, Brown studies how environmental changes affect the microbiome (the microbes that symbiotically live in other creatures, particularly bacteria in the gut). Ms. Brown, who is completing her second year at the Rhode Island-based Ivy League, was mentored at York by Dr. Elizabeth Alter, an expert in evolutionary genetics, marine biology vertebrate biology and ecology, conservation biology and environmental DNA.

Brown, a native of Jamaica, West Indies, was an active undergraduate researcher at York, presenting her findings at Undergraduate Research Day on campus as well as elsewhere.