Assignment #1: Introduce Yourself

The yellow/tan bacteria observed in the picture (from is Streptococcus mutans, a bacteria which plays a major role in the formation/initiation of dental caries.

My name is Kjersten Williams, and I am currently a senior at UAF. I graduated with my Associate’s in Dental Hygiene in Spring 2015, and have since then been working part-time as a dental hygienist while also taking a couple of classes each semester to complete my Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology.

I will continue working in dental hygiene for quite some time with the option to pursue dental school or a career in dental research/lab work in the future. I will be working with a mentor on a research project this semester involving measuring the stable carbon isotope ratios in breath, and am super excited to begin! In my free time, I like reading, cross-stitching, horseback riding, and spending time with my family (including my chinchilla, my horse, and our Schnoodle!).