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Microbiology Research

Dahlonega Campus

Main Research Goals

  • Antimicrobial drugs
    • Inhibiting growth
    • Inhibiting quorum sensing
    • Development of new drugs

Potential Roles for Students

  • Growing bacteria and yeast
  • Performing antimicrobial assays
  • Quantifying the expression of the gene(s) that code(s) for the signal molecule used in bacterial communication
  • Identifying and isolating microorganisms producing antimicrobial compounds

Main Research Goals

  • Understanding and characterization of novel bacteriophage.

Potential Roles for Students

  • Bioinformatics
  • Microbial cultivation and phage propagation
  • RNA extraction
  • PCR
  • qPCR
  • Gel electrophoresis
  • Presentations

Relevant Publications

Lee M, Puglisi KM, UMBC STEM-BUILD Cohort 1, Erill I, Caruso SM. 2018. Complete genome sequences of HonestAbe, Anthony, and Taffo16, three Cluster C Bacillus cereus group bacteriophages. Genome Announcements 6(25):e00493-18.


Wang DB, Sun MQ, Shao HB, Li Y, Meng X, Liu ZY, Wang M. 2015. Characterization and genome sequencing of a novel bacteriophage PH101 infecting Pseudoalteromonas marina BH101 from the Yellow Sea of China. Current Microbiology: 71(5):594-600.

Gainesville Campus

Main Research Goals

  • Detection of antibiotic resistant bacteria in local water supplies.
  • Detection of disease of amphibians and reptiles.

Potential Roles for Students

  • Microbial culturing
  • Molecular techniques (DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis)
  • Data collection
  • Data entry
  • Data analysis
  • Presentations at conferences (local, regional, and national)

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