- Scott Scholar
- UNO, Information Science & Technology
LeeAnna is from Omaha, NE and is studying bioinformatics, chemistry and computer science. Her leadership experience includes serving as the president of the Maverick Club for Bioinformatics, a student organization on campus that focuses on the study of bioinformatics through speakers and other activities. In addition, she is the community engagement director for the Chi Omega Sorority. In this role, she promotes the importance of community service to her sorority, encouraging them to volunteer, and plans events. In addition, she plans philanthropic events to raise money for Make-A-Wish. Her internship experience includes working at UNMC in the department of pathology and microbiology with Dr. Paul Fey. She is researching staphylococcus aureus, and her project studies the effects of lysine, looking at specific genes and determining their significance to the survival of staphylococcus aureus. As a scientist, she plans and conducts different experiments to better see the relationship between lysine and staphylococcus aureus. Her internship experience includes working as a researcher in a molecular parasitology lab at UNO with Dr. Paul Davis. In this lab, LeeAnna works with toxoplasma gondii, studying particular genes that are believed to affect the stage switching between the active and dormant stage of the parasite. This study will ultimately lead to preventative vaccines and treatments for the dormant stage of toxoplasmosis. Her career interests include pursuing post-graduate education in science, particularly in the medical field.