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 Researchers

Current Research Group
NameTitle of Research Project
Lily Adams
(MS-Student-Bioinformatics)
Genetic and structural analysis of L,L-diaminopimelate aminotransferase (DapL): An attractive  target for the development of narrow-spectrum antibiotics
Anthony Weatherhead
(Visiting Research Scholar-Universiry of Canterbury, New Zealand)
Structural analyses of L,L-diaminopimelate aminotransferase (DapL) from Verrucumicrobium spinosum
Natalya Cox Structural analyses of L,L-diaminopimelate aminotransferase (DapL) from Leptospira interrogans
Ashley Mayers Structural analyses of L,L-diaminopimelate aminotransferase (DapL) from Leptospira interrogans
Nicole Cavanaugh Isolation and identification of bacteria that possess bactericidal activities from fresh water and soil
Kaylee Steiner Isolation and identification of bacteria that possess bactericidal activities from marine environments
Grace Morales Expression profile of L,L-diaminopimelate aminotransferase (DapL) from Conyza canadensis (horseweed) using transcriptomic analyses
Nicolas Burns Characterization of meso-diaminopimelate dehydrogenase (Ddh) over-expression in Nicotiana tabacum

Alumni
Name Title of Research Project
Terrell Brooks
(ACS Project Seed Student) Rochester Science Academy
Isolation and identification of bacteria that possess bactericidal activities from fresh water and soil
Austin Bartl Characterization of bacterial glutathione-specific gamma-glutamylcyclotransferase (ChaC)
Jamie Mortensen
(Co-advised with Dr. Greg Babbitt GSoLS)
Structural analyses of aminotransferases using molecular dynamics 
Adriana Coll De Peña Cloning and enzymatic characterization of L,L-diaminopimelate aminotransferase (DapL) from Conyza canadensis (horseweed)
Maria Nadeau Characterization of meso-diaminopimelate dehydrogenase (Ddh) over-expression in Nicotiana tabacum
Davon Whitest Characterization of biological activity of synthetic plant-hormone like compounds in Arabidopsis thaliana
(Co-advised with Dr. Michael Coleman from SCMS)
Ali Cala Anaylsis of Verrucomicrobium spinosum dapL mutants facilitated by homologous recombination/Structural characterization of dihydrodipicolinate reductase (DapB) from Bartonella henselae
Kaysha Reed
(ACS project seed fellow)
Isolation and identification of antibiotic resistant bacteria from the surfaces of iphones
Kubra Naqvi Characterization of fusion enzymes involved in peptidoglycan synthesis from V. spinousm
Keti Bardhi Over-expression analysis of meso-diaminopimelate dehydrogenasase in Arabidopsis thaliana
Taylor Harkness Functional complementation analysis (FCA): A Laboratory exercise designed and implemented to supplement the teaching of biochemical pathways
Alexander Caraballo Whole genome sequencing and annotation of bacterial endophytes from the insulin plant Costus igneus
Taylor Foxhall Elucidation and characterization of putative antibacterial compound(s) from Bacillus safensis RIT372
Matthew Wheatley Identification of endophytic bacteria from Dioscorea cayenensis (yellow-yam) and willow
Alexander Triassi Identification of endophytic bacteria from Dioscorea cayenensis (yellow-yam) and willow
Kayla Marks Genomic and phenoptpic analysis of Pseudomonas sp. and Bacillus sp. isolated from Capsicum sp.
Gerald Thornberg Over-expression analysis of meso-diaminopimelate dehydrogenasase in Arabidopsis thaliana
Austin Oseep Analysis of MurB/MurC hybrid protein in Verrucomicrobium spinosum
Victoria Nachar The identification and characterization of L,L-diaminopimelate aminotransferase from Verrucomicrobium spinosum
Mary Leeman Cloning and characterization of two meso-diaminopimelate decarboxylases from Arabidopsis thaliana
Allison Roder Compositional analysis of sugar-stream extracts enriched in C-5, C-6 and C5/6 sugars
Sarah Kearns Cloning and expression of murB/murC gene from Verrucomicrobium spinosum
Desiree Davison Over-expression of beta-alanine aminotransferase in Arabidopsis thaliana
Prosper Igboeli Cloning of a cellulase ORF from Bradyrhizobium japonicum
Eric Zajicek Purification of LysA1, LysA2 and LysDH to facilitate enzymatic characterization
Irma Giron Characterization of L,L-diaminopimelate aminotransferase from the alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Francisco Savka Identification, cloning and characterization of a putative beta-alanine aminotransferase from Arabidopsis thaliana
Sean McGroty Characterization of meso-diaminopimelate ligase from Verrucomicrobium spinosum
Steve Rutagarama Identification of endophytic bacteria from Saccharum sp.
Tristan De Jesus The essentiality of L,L-diaminopimelate aminotransferase in Verrucomicrobium spinosum
Christine Zhou The essentiality of L,L-diaminopimelate aminotransferase in Verrucomicrobium spinosum
Miranda Gehris The essentiality of L,L-diaminopimelate aminotransferase in Verrucomicrobium spinosum
Taylor Gosselin A comprehensive study of the aminotransferase class of enzymes from Homo sapiens
Peatros Haile Elucidation of endophytic bacteria from Saccharum sp.
Dhyiva Pattaniyil Characterization of diaminopimelate decarboxylase from Arabidopsis thaliana
Kayla Bell Identification and cloning of lysine decarboxylase from Arabidopsis thaliana
Muhammad Izzat Ahmad Fauzi Screening of tyrosine aminotransferase (TAT) transgenic Tobacco and Arabidopsis over-producing TAT
Mohd Fuad Bin Ismail Identification and cloning of a putative cellulase gene from Bradyrhizobium japonicum
Pranav Prabhu The cloning and characterization of a putative tyrosine aminotransferase from Arabidopsis thaliana
Jeet Hirpara The characterization of L,L-diaminopimelate aminotransferase over-expression Arabidopsis thaliana
Robert Van Buren The characterization of tyrosine aminotransferase over-expression in Arabidopsis thaliana
Nur Akmar Yusoff Identification of plant genes involved in the sensing of plant pathogenic bacteria
Hanis Nazihah Hasmad Identification of plant genes involved in the sensing of plant pathogenic bacteria