Shanna Davidson is an international student from South Africa, who will begin her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in January 2018. After coming to the United States of America as an au pair, she started studying at Raritan Valley Community College and received her Associate Degree in Biotechnology in 2015. Following her Associate Degree, she pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering at Rowan University (2017). Shanna participated in undergraduate research, focusing on using biological nanopore technology to detect, analyze and sequence chromatic aberrations on single-stranded DNA, under Dr. Stephen Shim. She has a passion for the ocean and loves all water-based sports. She also enjoys adrenaline junkie-type activities, such as sky-diving, shark-cage diving, and roller-coasters. In her spare time, Shanna enjoys playing the tenor saxophone, traveling and trying out different ethnic foods. She also loves animals! She is looking forward to joining the microBiointerface Lab at Pitt to explore the dynamics of microbes at oil-water interfaces relevant to bioremediation.