The Drown Lab has been awarded a two year grant to engage undergraduate researchers using new genomic technology to explore the Alaska soil microbiome. We’ll be traveling across the state and working with undergraduates using the latest Nanopore sequencing devices (MinIONs).
Maddie McCarthy has been working for the past year in the lab exploring the presence of antibiotic resistance in microbes found in environmental samples. This week she presented her work finding widespread antibiotic resistance in a Fairbanks permafrost thaw gradient.
She used a combination of techniques including traditional culturing methods and antibiotic screening as well as nanopore sequencing to explore the resistome. She has just started comparing her sequencing data with the Comprehensive Antibiotic Resistance database.
Maddie’s work was supported by Alaska BLaST who is funded by the National Institute Of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Numbers UL1GM118991, TL4GM118992, or RL5GM118990.
Making cultures like mad, Madison is hard at work in the West Ridge Research Building (WRRB). As a junior, Madison has over a year to see her project to completion. Way to go, Maddie!
Alex Keller received an URSA award for her project investigating pH changes in response to the soil microbiome. Now the greenhouse has another Drown experiment growing on its shelves! What will be next?
Devin is heading out to the Oxford Nanopore New York Community meeting this week to learn from the community as well as present on the Alaska MinION Hackathons. You can follow along with the action on Twitter below:
The IAB Greenhouse pilot project is in full bloom…well, more accurately we are waiting for germination…but regardless! With the help of some wonderful undergraduates, Alex Keller and Jason Foreman, blueberry and cranberry seeds have happy, experimental homes tucked safely away in soil inoculate from FPES. Cannot wait to see what secrets these saplings will reveal.