8 thoughts on “D12 – James

  1. I thought you did a very good job. The poster and presentation were well formatted and easy to follow. My only suggestion for improvement would be to explain the figures more. This would not be as crucial if we were in person, however, since we are online and the visual is unclear (not your fault), it would be nice for you to explain a little more about the labels rather than just a quick sentence about what the figure shows.

    My question for you is what is the best way to strengthen these visuals and make them more important in your presentation?

    1. Great question. After reviewing other people’s presentations, some of them added additional slides to their PowerPoint with each additional slide enlarging each section they were talking about. So, instead of only using the one slide with the entire poster on it, I’d want to add the additional slides into my presentation so that 1) people can read the text of each section and 2) I can talk about my visuals more in-depth.

    1. The absorbance levels are important because these values are what tell us how much bacteria are in each sample and thus if our compound was successful at killing the bacteria (as we had hoped). If the absorbance level of a sample comes back high, we know that the compound didn’t work because high absorbance values equate to lots of bacteria and therefore the compound didn’t kill the bacteria. In contrast, low absorbance values shows that there is little to no bacteria in that specific sample, which means the compound did kill the bacteria.

  2. Very good presentation! What are the benefits of utilizing two different brands of sulforaphane in your experiment? How do the two brands differ, and what would the differences in the two brands say about your compound?

    1. The two brands of sulforaphane contained two different concentrations of sulforaphane (I think one was 0.3% and the other was 0.5%). So really, because sulforaphane is a plentiful, off-the-counter nutrition supplement, we wanted to use two different brands of sulforaphane pills to see if 1) the concentration of the original sulforaphane pill affected its antibacterial activity and 2) whether the manufacturing process of the two different pills changed our results.

  3. Do you think sulforaphane as an antibiotic could ruin our gut microbiome since it’s found in things like broccoli?

    1. Absolutely. In fact, one of the main reasons we wanted to test sulforaphane because previous research has been proven sulforaphane to have antimicrobial properties in the human gut/intestines.

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