Wenqi Shen

"I am trying to study quorum sensing, a process that enables bacteria to communicate with each other. Specifically, I am delineating key structure activity relationships for the quorum sensing signal peptides in the common pathogen Staphylococcus epidermis"

Researcher holding agarose plate up to the light.

Hometown: China

Major(s): Biochemistry

Current Research Group: Blackwell


What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I plan on pursuing a PhD in Chemical Biology.

What is your favorite part about research?

You can always learn something new, either from your peers or by reading papers.

What has been the scariest/most challenging part of research?

Working with bacteria. I don’t know how many stories I can tell about my experience with bacteria. SUPER “fun”.

When not in the lab, what are some of your other hobbies, interests, etc.?

Travelling, scuba diving, watching movies, and cooking.

What advice do you have for prospective undergraduate researchers?

Research means re-search so be optimistic and prepared for failures.