Adwoa defended her doctoral dissertation!!

Congratulations to Dr. Adwoa Dankwa, who defended her doctoral dissertation today on the microbial communities and metabolites in kombucha and kefir!

Adwoa has a background in plant pathology, but she has been working with her adviser, Dr. Jennifer Perry, in the Human Nutrition and Food Sciences program for the last few years on understanding the microbial and chemical composition of fermented non-dairy low alcohol beverages and how these influence consumer acceptability over time.

I’ve been mentoring Adwoa on microbial community data analysis for her project, and look forward to the manuscripts in development from her work. She and I previously published together when she completed the data analysis for a project in my DNA sequencing data analysis class.

Adwoa is beginning a postdoctoral research position in the Perry, and we are all delighted that she’ll continue to be here to brighten our days.

Adwoa originally hails from Ghana, and she generously gave the committee some gifts which were etched with kinds words and symbols from home.

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