Global Wales Visiting Student Researcher Award, Swansea University - Biology
Genevieve Hilliard is a PhD candidate at St. Louis University (SLU) in the Department of Biology. During her B.A., M.S., and now PhD at SLU, Genevieve had the chance to work with a wide range of highly qualified scientists in biomedical engineering, immunology, and microbiology. Through these disciplines, Genevieve formulated her PhD dissertation which focuses on the antimicrobial and regenerative properties of Manuka honey embedded wound dressings. She designed part of her dissertation project from the work of Dr. Rowena Jenkins, a professor in the medical school at Swansea University. Genevieve saw the potential of bridging her work with that of Dr. Jenkins and chose to apply for a Fulbright. While at Swansea, Genevieve will conduct an in-depth analysis on the antimicrobial properties of her honey dressings. Along with Dr. Jenkins and many others at Swansea University, she will address the global healthcare challenge of treating infected and/or chronic wounds resulting from diabetes. She looks forward to exploring the scenic Welsh countryside on foot with the mountaineering/climbing clubs at the university. She is also very excited to be part of the unique singing culture of Wales, which boasts some of the world’s best vocal performers.