A physics undergraduate student has received a $4,000 fellowship from the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium through a NASA training grant.
Alexander Garces will work with Dr. Brian Bennett, professor and chair of physics, to help develop a treatment for yeast infections using a natural plant extract.
“Yeast infections can be anything from annoying to deadly,” Garces said. “Where space exploration is involved, an infection of an astronaut on board has the potential to become detrimental to the mission.”
The researchers will use Marquette’s EPR spectrometer to conduct their research. They hope to complete their research by the end of the year.