Hartmann Lab Wins First Place at Undergraduate Research Expo

Hanna Bertucci, a junior in the Hartmann lab, was awarded first place in the Natural Sciences and Engineering category of the poster presentation session at the 2020 Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition, hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research. Her poster described the work she has been doing with graduate student Alex McFarland and fellow undergrad Erica Littman to characterize triclosan tolerance mechanisms in a variety of species within the genus Pseudomonas. Due to COVID-19, the Expo was held virtually this year, with students recording their presentations and sharing their posters online.


Prof. Hartmann’s lab currently has seven undergrads, one master’s student, five PhD students, and one postdoc. She has mentored her students to success, especially at the undergraduate level, where students have received three received academic year undergraduate research grants from the office of undergraduate research, six summer undergraduate research grants from the office of undergraduate research, two summer undergraduate research grants from the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, and one summer undergraduate research grant from the McCormick School of Engineering. Another undergraduate student, Mia Tran, earned a SULI internship at Argonne. At the 2018 Undergraduate Research Expo, another Hartmann lab undergraduate, Taylor Brown, took first place in Natural Sciences and Engineering, as well as the people’s choice award. Many of the undergraduate students in her lab have gone on to graduate school.