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Projects & Research

"Researching Antibiotics for the Future"

Doug Jones, 2013

With a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry, 2013 Keystone College graduate Doug Jones plans on pursuing a career in scientific research and eventually returning to graduate school. The research he conducted during his senior year at Keystone should help him obtain each of those objectives.

Doug Jones, student doing presentation

Doug’s senior research project studied the effectiveness of antibiotics, a major concern among the medical profession and the research community.

“Antibiotics have become less effective as bacteria become increasingly resistant. One substance with promising hopes for success is a compound commonly known as Rhein,” Doug reported. Specifically, Doug’s study focused on the long-term benefits of Rhein as a possible antibiotic in the future.

“I found this project extremely interesting and I hope it may one day prove to be beneficial as new antibiotics are developed,” he said.

Doug credits his education at Keystone for preparing him for whatever the future has in store. 

“I know I have a great foundation in biology and chemistry, thanks to my professors at Keystone. I’m really looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.”