Are you interested in the study of life, ranging from molecules to ecosystems, with applications in medicine, conservation, teaching, and more?
The Science Education Alliance - Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science - is a two-semester, discovery-based, undergraduate research program. Students can participate in one or both courses.
The program is administered by the University of Pittsburgh in conjunction with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Bacteriophages ("phages") are viruses that infect and replicate within bacteria and archaea, ultimately killing their host bacteria. They are target-specific and can attack host bacteria without harming the human body. The use of phages can be an effective tool to combat bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. Bacteriophage exists abundantly in the soil, which is where students start in the first part of the course.
Coastal Georgia Biology grad wins NASA award
Coastal Georgia graduate Madeline Garner - now a fellow in Montana State University's Molecular Biosciences Program - has won a prestigious NASA award to advance search for extraterrestrial life. Garner is one of only 33 doctoral students among 249 applicants nationwide to be selected. She is exploring how a tool that has recently revolutionized DNA sequencing could be applied to detecting biomolecules in extreme environments like those found on Jupiter's moon.
"This is about looking for life not just as we know it here on Earth, but as we don't know it," she said. "That's what's really exciting."