During her first year of the program, Veronica took Dr. Ry Young’s Critical Analysis class on the history and discovery of the bacterial CRISPR system and how bacteria use it to protect against infecting bacteriophages. This inspired her to make ceramic bacteriophages.
“Ceramics was something I did in highschool and picked up again immediately at the start of grad school as a method of stress relief”, Veronica said. “Science is an integral part of who I am and my chosen profession, but so is creativity and art. I firmly believe that a person needs creativity to succeed in research and that artist needs science to succeed in creating art!”