Melanie Eldridge, research assistant professor of microbiology, has been named a Fulbright Scholar and will do research in Brazil in fall 2013 on the ecotoxicology of zebrafish. While there she will also help to establish a molecular biology laboratory at the University of Campinas in Limeira.
Eldridge is a research associate in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology. Currently she is studying environmental contamination with hormonally-active compounds by using bioluminescent yeast bioreporters. She is also interested in methods to improve ethanol production through the use of yeast-based bioreporters.