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SCIENTIFIC EXPERIENCE
2019 – Present Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Biology; Biochemistry, University of Oxford, UK
Advisor: Prof. Kevin Foster


2016 – 2019 Research Assistant
Bioengineering Department, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA
Advisor: Prof. Vanni Bucci
Thesis title: “Characterization of Class IIb Microcins and Application Against Antibiotic Resistant Enteric Bacteria”


2015 – 2017 Research Assistant
Bioengineering Department, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA
Advisor: Prof. Christopher Brigham
Research topic: Utilization of seafood processing waste as carbon and nitrogen feedstock for biodiesel production through the development of engineered Rhodococcus opacus PD630.


2014 – 2015 Teaching Assistant
Bioengineering Department, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA
2012 – 2014 Microbiologist
Tate and Lyle, PLC, West Lafayette, IN, USA


EDUCATION
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA, USA
Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology, 2019


Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
B.S. Biological Sciences, 2012


PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
6) Palmer JD and Foster KF. Bacterial species rarely work together. Science. 2022; 376(6593): 581-582.
5) Cunrath, O.* and Palmer JD*. An overview of Salmonella enterica metal homeostasis pathways during infection. microLife. 2, 2021.
4) Palmer JD, Mortzfeld BM, Piattelli E, Silby MW, McCormick BA, Bucci V. Microcin H47: A Class IIb Microcin with Potent Activity Against Multi-Drug Resistant Enterobacteriaceae. ACS Infect Dis 2020; 6(4):
672-679.
3) Chakravarty J, Yang C, Palmer JD, Brigham CJ. Chitin Extraction from Lobster Shell Waste using Microbial Culture-based Methods. Appl Food Biotechnol. 2018; 5(3): 141-154.
2) Palmer JD, Piattelli E, McCormick BA, Silby MW, Brigham CJ, Bucci V. Engineered Probiotic for the Inhibition of Salmonella via Tetrathionate-Induced Production of Microcin H47. ACS Infect Dis 2018; 4(1):
39-45.
1) Palmer JD, Brigham CJ. Feasibility of triacylglycerol production for biodiesel, utilizing Rhodococcus opacus as a biocatalyst and fishery waste as feedstock. Renew Sust Energ Rev 2016; 56: 922-928.

*Co-first author

OTHER PUBLICATIONS
2022 Palmer JD and Foster KF. The Evolution of Spectrum in Antibiotics and Bacteriocins. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. In review. Originally submitted 3/28/2022.
2021 Mortzfeld BM, Palmer JD, et. al. Microcin MccI47 selectively inhibits enteric bacteria and reduces carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae colonization in vivo when administered via an engineered live biotherapeutic. bioRxiv. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.12.17.473159 (In revision – Gut Microbes).
2016 Brigham CJ, Kehail AA, Palmer JD. Ralstonia Eutropha and the Production of Value Added Products: Metabolic Background of the Wild-Type Strain and its Role as a Diverse, Genetically-Engineered Biocatalyst Organism. In: Koller M, editor. Recent Advances in Biotechnology: Bentham Books; 2016; 265-347.


TEACHING
2020 – 2021 Year 2 – Master in Biology Tutorials

  • Salmonella pathogenesis and nutritional immunity
  • Posttranslational modification of bacterial weapons
  • Interbacterial toxins: strategy and diversity
  • Modeling microbial conflict with differential equations

2015 Current Topics in Bioengineering: Designing a Healthier Planet and its People – Instructor of Record
2014 Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory – Laboratory Teaching Assistant


MENTORING
2018 – 2019 Charlemya Erasme – Undergraduate research experience. Current: Education program coordinator at the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center.
2016 – 2019 Aunnesha Bhowmick – High school research experience. Current: University of California Berkeley,
Molecular and Environmental Biology. Class of 2024.
2015 – 2017 Matthew Phou – Undergraduate research experience. M.S. in Biomedical Engineering


AWARDS AND HONORS
2015 – 2019 Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship ($96,000 over 4 years)
2018 National Institute of General Medical Sciences Scholarship ($2,000)
2016 UMass Dartmouth 3-minute Thesis Competition Winner ($1,000)
2016 American Society of Microbiology Student Travel Award ($500)
2012 Interns for Indiana Scholarship ($500)
2010 – 2012 Ben Korschot Perseverance Award (Full Tuition Scholarship – $8,000/yr)
2010 – 2011 Academic All Big Ten (Men’s Track and Field)
2009 – 2011 Purdue University Men’s Track and Field Team Captain
2010 Purdue University Sportsman of the Year


CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION – PRESENTING AUTHOR
2022 European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) – The Evolution of Spectrum in Antibiotics and Bacteriocins. (Oral Presentation) Symposium on Comparative Genomics
2018 International Conference on Microbiome Engineering – Application of Catechol Microcins As Antimicrobial Peptides for the Prevention of Enteric Disease (Poster)
2018 Synthetic Biology: Evolution, Engineering and Design (SEED) – Engineered Probiotic for the Inhibition of Salmonella via Tetrathionate-Induced Production of Microcin H47 (Poster)
2018 Boston Bacterial Meeting – Engineered Probiotic for the Inhibition of Salmonella via Tetrathionate-Induced Production of Microcin H47 (Oral Presentation)
2016 Boston Bacterial Meeting – N-acetyl-D-glucosamine as an Advanced Feedstock for Biocatalytic Conversion to Triacylglycerol by Rhodococcus opacus PD630, Towards Sustainable Biodiesel Production (Poster)
2016 American Society of Microbiology – N-acetyl-D-glucosamine as an Advanced Feedstock for Biocatalytic Conversion to Triacylglycerol by Rhodococcus opacus PD630, Towards Sustainable Biodiesel Production (Poster)

2016 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth chapter of Sigma Xi – N-acetyl-D-glucosamine as an Advanced Feedstock for Biocatalytic Conversion to Triacylglycerol by Rhodococcus opacus PD630, Towards Sustainable Biodiesel Production (Poster)


SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
2022 European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) – Symposium Co-organizer: The art of microscopic war: interference competition in microbes.
2019 International Conference on Microbiome Engineering – Towards Engineered Probiotics to Deliver Narrow-Spectrum Antimicrobial Peptides Against Drug-Resistant Enteric Bacteria (Poster)*
2019 Synthetic Biology: Evolution, Engineering and Design (SEED) – Engineered Probiotic for the Inhibition of Salmonella via Tetrathionate-Induced Production of Microcin H47 (Poster)*
2018 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Synthetic Biology – Synthetic Biology course graduate and NIH GMS scholarship
2018 Jackson Laboratory – Comprehensive Workshop on Mouse Biomethods course graduate
2016 International Genetically Engineered Machines – Competition Judge
2016 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Chapter of Sigma Xi – Single nucleotide polymorphism in hemA confers phototoxicity resistance to visible light for Citrobacter rodentium (Poster)*

*Not presenting author


UNIVERSITY SERVICE AND OUTREACH
2021 – present Skype a Scientist
2021 – present Research Staff Forum Representative
2021 – present New Starters Representative
2019 Biochemistry First Year Research Shadowing Volunteer
2019 Biochemistry Department Open Day Volunteer
2015 – 2019 Synthetic Biology Club – Founder and member
2015 – 2016 International Genetically Engineered Machines – Head instructor/advisor
2015 – 2016 Freshman Summer Institute – Lead instructor and curriculum developer


EQUALITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION TRAINING
2022 Active bystander training
2022 Fostering an inclusive culture

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