Microbiology Lab Technician
Mackenzie obtained a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Microbiology in 2021 from the University of Guelph and a Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Guelph in 2023. The focus of her thesis research was on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) adhesion to the human host. Understanding host adhesion is central to the development of novel anti-adhesive therapeutics as ways to control life-threatening bacterial infections. In the Didar lab, she is currently helping manufacture and assess omniphobic surfaces against microbiolgical and environmental conditions. Outside of the lab, she enjoys horseback riding, badminton, squash, reading, art, and board games.