Graduate Research Highlights

February 2023: Jena Congilosi

Jena Congliosi smiling and wearing a black turtleneck and grey business suit.

Jena Congilosi, 5th-year PhD student in Prof. Aga’s group

Notable recent achievements

First author publication:

J.L. Congilosi, J.S. Wallace, T.P. Neher, A. Howe, M.L. Soupir, D.S. Aga, "Co-occurrence of Antimicrobials and Metals as Potential Drivers of Antimicrobial Resistance in Swine Farms", Front. Environ. Sci., 10, 1018739. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2022.1018739

Research highlight

My research focuses on the detection of veterinary antimicrobials and their transformation products in agricultural matrices. Our studies primarily involve the development and application of liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) methods for the analyses of swine manure and simulated agricultural runoff, to better understand the fate of antimicrobials in the agricultural environment.

Looking back on the start of my graduate career, I appreciate the progress I have made in both my research and my confidence as a scientist.  I have also enjoyed making life-long friends along the way.

I enjoy expressing my creative side with DIY crafting outside of the lab.  I also love hanging out with my cat, Cinderella.

Congratulations, Jena!

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