College of Science

Environmental Science MS

ENSCI Student Defends Thesis on Genomics of Pesticide-Remediating Bacteria

Rahil poses next to a large sunflower

Rahil Ryder recently defended her thesis research "Genomics of Pesticide-Remediating Bacteria" in front of her committee on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. 

We reached out to Rahil following her successful defense to learn more about her thesis research and overall experience as an Environmental Science graduate student. Check out her interview below for more details. 

Thesis title: "Genomics of Pesticide-Remediating Bacteria"

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Nathaniel Jue

What did your thesis research entail? 

Whole genome sequencing of pesticide-degrading bacteria enabled identification of potentially relevant genes responsible for the bioremediation process through a comparative analysis.

How has your thesis project contributed to your career goals? 

My thesis project introduced me to genomics and bioinformatics where I am now pursuing to further my career in.

What is your favorite part about being a graduate student at CSUMB?

All of the people I met. I love how much the people care about the environment here from smart development, growing trees, beach cleanups and recycling. The Monterey area is so beautiful and there is ample outdoor activities which was huge for my mental health. I feel safe knowing the people here will fight to preserve this beautiful area.

What are your plans after graduate school?

I would love to stay in the area and continue my career in genomics/bioinformatics. And all of this so I can have a home and own a few dogs :)


Congratulations on completing your thesis, Rahil! We look forward to seeing where your professional endeavors take you.