Undergrad Chemistry Major Gains Valuable Research Experience

Simran Multani — the URECA Researcher of the Month for December — is an aspiring physician who will graduate at the end of this month with an honors degree in chemistry. For the past two years, she has been working under the mentorship of Elizabeth Boon, Department of Chemistry,to investigate the role of NahK and NosP on virulence factors in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Her research was supported in Summer 2022 by the inaugural Frances Velay Fellowship program and in Summer 2023 by the inaugural SOAR program funded by the Chancellor’s Summer Research Excellence Fund, which expands opportunities for undergraduates with financial need and/or first-generation college students. 

Multani was a recipient of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program Poster Competition Award for Natural Sciences in April 2023, and she received the Outstanding Chemical Research Award for her presentation of her chemistry honors thesis (Spring 2023) on “Characterizing Kinase Interactions Essential for Biofilm Regulation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.” Recently, Multani had the opportunity to present her research in the Boon Lab at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. She will also be presenting at Stony Brook’s Chemistry Research Day December 1.

Multani’s advice for other students is to “pursue research that you are passionate about, and to do something that you know really gives you purpose, because at the end of the day your time should be spent doing something that you really enjoy, and something that you really care about, and you think has an impact on the world.”

On campus, Multani has served as a teaching assistant for general and organic chemistry, as a resident assistant and as a residential tutor for the Academic Success Tutoring Center. She is the current treasurer for SB English Pals, which works to improve English speaking and writing skills, is an event coordinator for the American Medical Women’s Association and is a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council. She is also active with the Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights.  Multani is a first-generation college student who grew up on the island of Antigua and Barbuda. As a high school junior, she received the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate for Most Outstanding Female Student (2018) on the island. 

Read the interview with URECA Director Karen Kernan.

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