2013 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Supported by: Dean of Research and Pitch and Catherine Johnson
Mentor: Elizabeth Sattely, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Camil graduated in June 2013. She decided to stay in the Sattely Lab another summer to continue her project investigating how certain members of the human gut microbiota activate ingested glucosinolates—anticancer compounds found in commonly consumed vegetables like kale, broccoli, and other brassicas. This summer, she will implement the high-throughput screen developed during her undergraduate honors project to identify the bacterial genes responsible for this enzymatic activation. In November, Camil will begin her Fulbright research in the Philippines to engineer iron-fortified rice, prior to starting her PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Delaware the following fall.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 26, 2013:

A Gut Microbe-Plant Interaction Generates Anticancer Compounds: Metabolism of Dietary Glucosinolates by Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron and Implications for Human Health

Camil A. C. Diaz1, Andrew P. Klein1, Elizabeth S. Sattely1
[Department of Chemical Engineering1, Stanford University]