Take the Phage Genomics laboratory and go on a Phage Safari in Cells and Genetics Lab! HHMI SEA-PHAGES at SJU is a two-semester lab course for freshman Biology, Chemical-Biology, and Environmental Science majors. This lab experience gives students exposure to cutting-edge skills in hands-on and a taste of what it is like to conduct scientific research
This two-semester phage genomics laboratory course satisfies the lab components of BIO 101: Cells and BIO 102: Genetics. This also satisfies the first-year seminar requirement. The genomics lab provides a unique opportunity to participate in an authentic research experience rather than a “cookbook” lab. Designed for freshman Biology, Chemical Biology, or Environmental Science majors, this lab experience combines themes and technology from several specialized biological fields, including microbiology, molecular biology, genomics, and bioinformatics.
Saint Joseph’s University is part of the SEA-PHAGES (Science Education Alliance – Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science) program supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). In June, HHMI hosts a research symposium for a faculty member and a student representative from each institution to report their discoveries and experiences. As unique phages are characterized, students will publish their finding in scientific journals for the broader scientific community.
Students isolate and purify bacteriophages from soil samples and characterize them using state-of-the-art technologies including electron microscopy and DNA analyses.
Purified DNA sample is sent for sequencing.
Students learn to use bioinformatics tools to annotate their phage genome sequence.
Why Join? Benefits for Students
- Early exposure to cutting-edge scientific research
- Experience in analyzing & interpreting data
- Learn skills in using genomics research tools
- Gain confidence in conducting independent research
- Appreciate the importance of communicating science
- Build collegiality among classmates and other scientists
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Dr. Christina King Smith
Dr. Julia Lee-Soety