Research Interest: Angus Fung is an undergraduate at the University of Rochester pursuing his degree within the field of Microbiology. During his junior and senior year, he has focused on two different projects within the Beck lab. The first project focuses on how to better quantify (absolute number) Staphylococcus aureus on the skin of individuals with atopic dermatitis (AD) using digital quantitative PCR. Additionally, the lab has observed from metagenome data that as S. aureus levels increase on the skin of individuals with AD the level of Cutibacterium acnes decreases. As such, Angus has begun to investigate ways to culture C. acnes from the skin and using his data from the S. aureus project develop a way to quantify C. acnes. This work is aimed at better understanding the relationship between these two organisms and whether they may compete for colonization niche on the skin.