Dr. Amilcar Perez
Amilcar is from Los Angeles CA where he obtained a BS in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from UCLA. As an undergrad Amilcar studied Gram-positive quorum sensing under the direction of Dr. Beth Lazazzera. Amilcar then obtained his PhD in Microbiology from Indiana University in Bloomington in Dr. Malcolm Winkler’s lab. During graduate school, he studied cell division and peptidoglycan (PG) synthesis using fluorescence light microscopy, bacterial genetics, and other in-vivo approaches in ovoid-shaped S. pneumoniae cells. Amilcar’s interests with bacterial cell division prompted him to join the Xiao lab. Amilcar hopes to characterize how processive PG synthesis occurs in bacteria. Amilcar enjoys Salvadorean food, spicy food, and nature.