Host-phage ecology of northern peatlands

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Sponsoring College, Department, School or Center: 
School of Life Science
Faculty Name: 
Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz
Preferred Skills or Majors: 

Life sciences, basic lab techniques, pipetting, pH meter, sample organization. Also microbiology specific skills, culturing, streaking, plaque assay.

Closing Date: 
April 30, 2019
Location or Campus: 
Life Science E Wing
Hours Per Week: 

Desired Academic Year: 
Project Description: 

Northern peatlands emit about 12% of total of methane emissions and are among the highest natural sources of methane. Due to this and their carbon rich ecosystems, there are significant implications for global warming and effects on carbon cycling. Methane in these systems is produced by a community of microorganisms and their interdependent processes, including the effects of phage predation. We are just beginning to understand the effects of climate and phage predation on these processes, and to do so an undergraduate student volunteer will work 10-12 hours a week during the summer, investigating the host-phage dynamics of heterotrophic isolates from peatlands. The student will use phage enrichment and enumeration techniques, DNA extraction, plaque assay, and 96 well plate culturing techniques to characterize host-phage pairs. Training will be provided, but applicants with prior research experience are encouraged to apply. There are opportunities for independent research projects within the lab and training on more sophisticated laboratory and analytical techniques.

Application Instructions and Contact Info: 

If you are interested please email me your Resume/CV, copy of your unofficial transcripts, brief statement on your research interests and why you want to gain experience in our lab, and a calendar with class schedule and lab time availability. Please feel free to email with questions regarding the position or application components.