Dr. Salm earned her undergraduate and doctoral degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. After completing her doctorate, she moved to New York for a postdoctoral fellowship in Department of Cell Biology at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Dr. Salm’s student-oriented research involves isolating and characterizing bacteria from polluted environments. Currently, her research team is working with several bacteria isolated from the Newtown Creek, a Superfund site in Brooklyn. A number of the isolated bacteria exhibit heavy metal tolerance, thriving on media containing lead, nickel or copper sulfate. Dr. Salm’s team is endeavoring to determine how the bacteria can survive in the presence of these pollutants, with the view to using them as a bioremediation.
Dr. Salm’s student-oriented research interests at BMCC have included determining the effect of butyrate and omega fatty acids on the growth of colon cancer cells; evaluating the antibacterial and anticancer effects of soft coral extract; examining the effects of 4TBP and MBEH on the growth of melanoma cells; and isolating heavy metal-tolerant and antibiotic-resistant bacteria from contaminated soil.