Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

Assistant professor of chemistry Michael Bertucci was one of eight awardees in the country to receive a prestigious, and unrestricted, research grant of $75,000. “Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is one of those scary things on the horizon that’s continuing to grow,” says Bertucci, who will use the grant, with additional help from student-researchers, to further study the effects of synthetic peptides on bacterial communication.

“The data we get from our study allow us to learn about the communication networks in bacteria and develop chemical tools that other scientists can potentially use.”

Learn more about his reasearch on Lafayette News.

Student-researchers Ryann Carlotz ’24 (left) and Alex Yurtola ’26 (right) discuss a result from their bacterial bioassay while conducting research with Prof. Michael Bertucci (middle).