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Prokaryotic Diversity BIOL4125

From the catalog: “Biology of bacteria and archaea; evolution, diversity assessment, systematics, ecology; emphasis on molecular approaches.”

From the syllabus: This course is meant to expand your basic knowledge of microbes established in General Microbiology to help you appreciate the myriad forms, capabilities, and lifestyles of organisms in the Domains Bacteria and Archaea. We will explore their evolutionary relationships on the tree of life, their lifestyle, metabolic, and genomic variations, and introduce methods for measuring microbial diversity.

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The course also has a twitter handle (@LSUProkDiv) and a hashtag (#BIOL4125) that you can follow for cool info on microbial diversity.

As part of the coursework, students in BIOL4125 create Wikipedia entries for microorganisms that do not yet have representation there. The entries created by the course thus far are listed below.

Microbial Bioinformatics Tools BIOL4800/01

In modern biology, the need for competence in computational tools is becoming as ubiquitous as that for traditional techniques like PCR. This course will provide basic training in navigating the command-line environment, utilizing common tools for genomics and ecology, submitting jobs to High Performance Computing clusters, and managing input and output files. It is NOT a programming class. Prior computational experience is helpful, but not required, as the goal of this course is to bring neophytes to a basic level of competence with common bioinformatics methods. While the focus will be applying these to microbiological research, many tools are system/organism independent. Classes will take place in a computer lab and will have access to the LSU High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure. The 4800 course can be taken for credit by upper-level undergraduates and graduate students equally (3 credit hours).

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Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) sections in BIOL1207/8

In coordination with Bill Wischusen and Chris Gregg, Biology Coordinators, we are conducting CURE sections in BIOL1207 and 1208 (freshman biology laboratory) focused on high-throughput cultivation. Students learn theory from primary literature, conduct real experiments to cultivate microorganisms from marine sources in the Gulf of Mexico using modified HTC protocols, and learn DNA extraction, PCR, and basic BLAST to identify their isolates. Thrash lab Ph.D. student Austen Webber is one of the GTAs for Fall 2015.

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Be sure to check out MicroSeminar, a set of free online microbiology seminars occurring each month, where Cameron is a co-host with Jennifer Biddle and David Baltrus.

The Thrash Lab participated in OAR Northwest‘s Adventure: Mississippi River 2014, performing microbial community analysis of samples collected along the length of the Mississippi River, and providing scientific background for their educational program.

BIOL4125 Wikipedia pages:
Azotobacter salinestris 2016
Bacillus safensis 2014
Bordetella trematum 2014
Borrelia mayonii 2017
Congregibacter litoralis 2015
Dehalogenimonas lykanthroporepellens 2014
Deinococcus ficus 2015
Desulfobulbus propionicus 2016
Ehrlichia ewingii 2017
Eleftheria terrae 2015
Haladaptatus paucihalophilus 2016
Halomonas meridiana 2017
Haloterrigena turkmenica 2017
Halostagnicola larsenii 2015
Hydrogenobacter thermophilus 2015
Lactobacillus mucosae 2014
Lactobacillus paracasei 2014
Lactobacillus pontis 2014
Legionella cherrii 2015
Legionella clemsonensis 2017
Legionella jordanis 2015
Leptospira noguchii 2016
Lysinibacillus fusiformis 2014
Macromonas bipunctata 2016
Methanocaldococcus sp. FS406-22 2016
Methanohalophilus mahii 2017
Mycobacterium elephantis 2016
Mycoplasma alligatoris 2017
Mycoplasma orale 2017
Nitrospira moscoviensis 2016
Oleispira antarctica 2017
Parachlamydia acanthamoebae 2015
Persephonella marina 2017
Propionigenium modestum 2017
Scalindua wagneri 2015
Streptobacillus moniliformis 2015
Streptomyces antibioticus 2017
Sulcia muelleri 2015
Sulfolobus metallicus 2015
Syntrophococcus sucromutans 2015
Thermococcus celer 2015
Thermoplasma volcanium 2016
Thermotoga elfii 2016
Thermotoga naphthophila 2017
Treponema socranskii 2016
Trichodesmium thiebautii 2017
Vampirovibrio chlorellavorus 2015

 

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