Defense and Future Plans for the Trojan Horse Project

On Tuesday, I successfully defended my Honors thesis! I am very excited to conclude this long journey. I now just have to make some small edits to my written thesis before submitting it to the archives.

I plan to stay in contact with my thesis advisor as other students continue the Trojan Horse project. Future plans for the project include engineering strains that express a genomic copy of our K2 toxin cassette under an inducible promoter as well as an inducible self-destruction phenotype. Such strains could be used to simulate invasion of established biofilms and could then also be eliminated. This would be an exciting proof of concept for the novel approach of using Trojan Horse strains to combat harmful biofilms.


  1. Congrats! You did a great job. We will miss you in the lab.