Dr. Poretsky traveled to the Manchester Research Station in Seattle, WA in March to help kick off the first microbial set of experiments for our NOAA-funded aquaculture project.
Graduating senior Mark Ciesielski presented his research at the UIC Research Forum on April 12, 2016. His poster was entitled: “UV Disinfection Impacts on Microbial Tetracycline Resistance and Functional Gene Expression.” Congratulations to Mark, too, for being invited to join Phi Beta Kappa and for being nominated for an undergraduate Elmer Hadley Award! This award is given to a student with high academic achievement who has carried out an outstanding research project in the area of ecology, evolution, or conservation biology.
PhD student Jarrad Marcell was selected as a finalist for a µbiome academic research grant. A description of his proposed project and his video pitch are available here. The winner of the uBiome Academic Grant will receive a grant of $100k in microbiome sampling kits and comprehensive 16S lab analysis for their groundbreaking microbiome research. A UIC News story on the uBiome Academic Grant can be found here.
Jarrad was also given an Honorable Mention for the 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. This is considered a significant national academic achievement.
Congratulations to PhD student Imrose Kauser for receiving a 2015-2016 Elmer Hadley Graduate Research Award!
Undergraduate student Rachel Macam was awarded a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative award for the 2016-17 academic year for her project, “Study of Lake Michigan microbial community diversity and composition at nearshore and offshore sites and surface vs. depth.” This award comes with a stipend for Rachel each of two semesters as well as additional research funds. Information on the LASURI awards can be found here.
Finally, congratulations to Dorothy Wright for being accepted to UIC as a transfer student in Biological Sciences for Fall 2016. She will be heading to the School of Public Health for an internship in microbiology of recreational waters (with Sam Dorevitch and Ira Heimler) this summer. We will miss her in the lab and wish her lots of luck!