Want to do genuine research in your General Biology course?
Become involved in a project where:
- You can discover a previously unknown bacteriophage
- You can learn cutting edge molecular biologic techniques
- You learn to apply bioinformatics to ID genes in DNA sequences.
- You may be co-author of scientific publication.
Be a part of the first ACM PhageHunter lab section of General Biology 101 in the Fall semester of 2019. This is the first half of a 2-semester course-based research experience aimed at undergraduates who are new to college level science and have had little or no research experience. Along with students from over 100 colleges internationally, ACM students will contribute to the discovery of new bacteriophages using the program curriculum from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. ACM is one of only two colleges in Maryland to offer this opportunity.
In the Fall semester, you will begin by isolating bacteriophages from local environmental samples that you have collected. You then purify and characterize the phages, and extract DNA for further analysis. By the end of the first semester, you will have selected phages for DNA sequencing.
In the Spring semester, as a General Biology 102 student, you will employ bioinformatics methods to interpret your phage’s DNA sequence. After quality control checks, your phage’s analyzed sequence is submitted to the National Center for Biotechnology Information GenBank database.
At the end of the school year, one student and faculty member from ACM will be presenting their work at the annual national SEA-PHAGES Symposium, a student-centered scientific meeting. Other students in the course will present their results at the annual Maryland STEM conference.
Check out what other SEA PHAGE students have done:
- Students and faculty are co-authors on many publications from their PhageHunter research seaphages.org/publications
- Recent journal article on six new bacteriophages isolated and characterized. The first seven authors are students! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6256688/
- YouTube video showing students doing the PhageHunter Lab at University of Maine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUfEMuQ-IKw
- University of Pittsburgh PhageHunter Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/Phages/
For more information or any questions, feel free to contact any of the faculty below
Michele Barmoy, Associate Professor of Biology