2021 Mescher Scholars

2021 group

Nicole Bonfig


Nicole graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Microbiology. Nicole was involved during her undergraduate years in studying the epidemiology of pulmonary hypertension and myocardial infarction. During her summer research experience, Nicole worked with Dr. Alex Khoruts to investigate the effects of Cystic Fibrosis disease on the production and function of gut mucus, and the role that abnormal mucus may play in the development of colon cancer. Her gut histochemistry/imaging studies detailed the effects of altered mucus on gut barrier integrity and resistance to genotoxins.