Summer 2017 Biology Research Fellowships

Potential Research Opportunities in Biology for 2017 (final project decisions not yet made):

Dr. David Mitchell - Antibiotic Resistance in local environments around CSB/SJU - Bacteria are under constant pressure to survive in their environment.  As a result the patterns of bacteria at a given location will change due to competition, available resources, and human actions.  This project will attempt to identify these changing patterns and look for bacteria that have evolved new mechanisms to outcompete their rivals.

Dr. Bill Lamberts - Our research this summer will continue two lines of work the CSB/SJU students and I have been investigating. The field component will be exploration of the larger wetland on St. John's Abbey lands, looking at is hydrology and its ability to improve the quality of water that enters it from East Gemini Lake before it flows downstream to the Mississippi River. The lab component will focus on using video microscopy to measure changes the heart rate of the water flea Daphnia, in response to chemical cues emitted by predators, and the use of a "robotic fish" to investigate how it escapes fish predation.

Dr. Gordie Brown - Ecological genetics of Dirca palustris - Students will work on a variety of projects associated with Dirca, including examining its prevalence in the seed bank, looking for markers that might allow assessment of parent-offspring relationships, looking for variation in attack by leaf miners and fungi. 

Dr. Demelza Larson - Investigations of mouse corneal cells - This summer, I plan to continue research that was originally started at the University of Iowa while I was a postdoctoral fellow. These experiments will entail the characterization of mouse corneal epithelial cells and mouse corneal keratocytes (a specialized fibroblast) using mammalian cell culture techniques. The cells will be isolated from primary tissues of mice. In addition to these experiments, I will be performing experiments to determine the role of Ctsc (a protein implicated in contributing to corneal thickness) in mouse corneal cells.  

For more information, contact Mike Reagan ([email protected]; 3110).

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Applications due Feb 15.