Section Manager: Impacts on Mental & Economic Health
Eldana Bedru is the Section Manager for COVID-19 Research: Impacts on Mental and Economic Health. Her responsibilities include overseeing research groups, managing communication and deadlines between sections and task leaders, and bolstering effective collaboration and quality work. She is a junior at the University of Washington Seattle majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. She is currently in the works of Tuberculosis Research at a children’s hospital focusing on antibacterial resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). Specifically, the role of the Rv0474 protein in antibacterial resistance and copper toxicity. Eldana plans to attend medical school to become a physician. Her passion is helping children and adults in healthcare as she has done so a majority of her life through various volunteering experiences. Some of her interests include traveling, music and art, such as painting. Getting involved with Researchers for Change (RFC) was a way for her to continue her desire for research, especially during a global pandemic where many research labs are closed. RFC is an organization promoting research in important topic groups such as COVID-19 which she believes is important to bring awareness to the world.