Suzanne Young, a Queens College School of Earth and Environmental Sciences Alumna, has just received an AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship. Come this fall, Suzanne will be moving to Washington DC as an Executive Branch Fellow and will be working as an environmental specialist with USAID in the Bureau of Food Security. Her work will focus on water and sustainability issues related to funded projects all over the world.
Suzanne completed her Master’s in Geological and Environmental Sciences at SEES under professor Gregory O’Mullan in 2011. While here, she studied antibiotic resistant bacteria in the Hudson River Estuary associated with combined sewage overflows (CSO’s). Suzanne then earned a PhD in Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida and went on to become a postdoctoral researcher at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland in the Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry. At EPFL, her research on viral pathogens included detection, disinfection through wastewater treatment, and genetic diversity.
Suzanne is a shining example of what our alumni can achieve when they are armed with the skills and connections they develop here.
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