Thrash environmental
microbiology lab
Hunting microbes since 2013
Thrash environmental
microbiology lab
Hunting microbes since 2013
Thrash environmental
microbiology lab
Hunting microbes since 2013
Thrash environmental
microbiology lab
Hunting microbes since 2013
Thrash environmental
microbiology lab
Hunting microbes since 2013
Thrash environmental
microbiology lab
Hunting microbes since 2013

Team


Research


Publications

key: Undergraduates underlined; *equal contribution

Lucchesi, Anna M., Michael W. Henson, Ben Temperton, and J. Cameron Thrash. 2020. Complete genome of Marinobacterium sp. strain LSUCC0821, isolated from the coastal Gulf of Mexico. In Review.

Lanclos, V. Celeste, Jordan T. Coelho, Alex Hyer, Mindy M. Brooks, Emily R. Savoie, Scott Kosiba, and J. Cameron Thrash. 2020. A CURE for physiological characterization of bacterioplankton in liquid culture. In Review. On bioRxiv.

Henson, Michael W., V. Celeste Lanclos, David M. Pitre, Jessica Lee Weckhorst, Anna M. Lucchesi, Chuankai Cheng, Ben Temperton, and J. Cameron Thrash. 2020. Expanding the diversity of bacterioplankton isolates and modeling isolation efficacy with large scale dilution-to-extinction cultivation. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 86:e00943-20. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00943-20

Murray, Alison E., John Freudenstein, Simonetta Gribaldo, Roland Hatzenpichler, Philip Hugenholtz, Peter Kämpfer, Konstantinos T. Konstantinidis, Christopher E. Lane, R. Thane Papke, Donovan H. Parks, Ramon Rossello-Mora, Matthew B. Stott, Iain C. Sutcliffe, J. Cameron Thrash, Stephanus N. Venter, William B. Whitman, Silvia G. Acinas, Rudolf I. Amann, Karthik Anantharaman, Jean Armengaud, Brett J. Baker, Roman A. Barco, Helge B. Bode, Eric S. Boyd, Carrie L. Brady, Paul Carini, Patrick S.G. Chain, Daniel R. Colman, Kristen M. DeAngelis, Maria Asuncion de los Rios, Paulina Estrada de los Santos, Christopher A. Dunlap, Jonathan A. Eisen, David Emerson, Thijs J.G. Ettema, Damien Eveillard, Peter R. Girguis, Ute Hentschel, James T. Hollibaugh, Laura A. Hug, William P. Inskeep, Elena P. Ivanova, Hans-Peter Klenk, Wen-Jun Li, Karen G. Lloyd, Frank E. Löffler , Thulani Makhalanyane, Duane P. Moser, Takuro Nunoura, Marike Palmer, Victor Parro, Carlos Pedrós-Alió, Alexander J. Probst, Theo H.M. Smits, Andrew D. Steen, Emma T. Steenkamp, Anja Spang, Frank J. Stewart, James M. Tiedje, Peter Vandamme, Michael Wagner, Feng-Ping Wang, Brian P. Hedlund, Anna-Louise Reysenbach. 2020. A roadmap for naming the uncultivated majority. Nature Microbiology. doi:10.1038/s41564-020-0733-x

Kujawinski, Elizabeth B., Christopher M. Reddy, Ryan P. Rodgers, J. Cameron Thrash, David L. Valentine, and Helen K. White. 2020. The Deepwater Horizon: Scientific Insights and Advances in Oil Chemistry and Microbiology since 2010. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment. doi:10.1038/s43017-020-0046-x.

Henson, Michael W., Megan E. Guidry, M. Katherine Carnes, and J. Cameron Thrash. 2020. Draft Genome Sequence of the Novel Coastal Bacterium LSUCC0115 from the MWH-UniPo Clade, Order Burkholderiales, Class Betaproteobacteria. Microbiology Resource Announcements 9:e01492-19. doi:10.1128/MRA.01492-19.

Dunning Hotopp, Julie C., David A. Baltrus, Vincent M. Bruno, John J. Dennehy, Steven R. Gill, Julia A. Maresca, Jelle Matthijnssens, Irene L. G. Newton, Catherine Putonti, David A. Rasko, Antonis Rokas, Simon Roux, Jason E. Stajich, Kenneth M. Stedman, Frank J. Stewart, J. Cameron Thrash. Best Practices for Successfully Writing and Publishing a Genome Announcement in Microbiology Resource Announcements. Microbiology Resource Announcements 9:e00763-20. doi:10.1128/MRA.00763-20.

Steen, Andrew D., Alex Crits-Christoph, Paul Carini, Kristen M. DeAngelis, Noah Fierer, Karen G. Lloyd, and J. Cameron Thrash. 2019. High proportions of bacteria and archaea across most biomes remain uncultured. The ISME Journal. AOP doi:10.1038/s41396-019-0484-y

Coelho, Jordan T., Michael W. Henson, and J. Cameron Thrash. 2019. Draft Genome Sequence of Strain LSUCC0112, a Gulf of Mexico Representative of the Oligotrophic Marine Gammaproteobacteria. Microbiology Resource Announcements 8:e00521-19. doi:10.1128/MRA.00521-19

Lanclos, V. Celeste, Michael W. Henson, Chase Doiron, and J. Cameron Thrash. 2019. Draft Genome Sequence of Strain LSUCC0057, a Member of the SAR92 Clade of Gammaproteobacteria. Microbiology Resource Announcements 8:e00599-19. doi:10.1128/MRA.00599-19

Thrash, J. Cameron. 2019. Culturing the uncultured: risk vs. reward. mSystems 4:e00130-90. doi:10.1128/mSystems.00130-19

Bakshi, Arundhati, Austen T. Webber, Lorelei E. Patrick, E. William Wischusen, and Cameron Thrash. 2019. The CURE for Cultivating Fastidious Microbes. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education 20(1). doi:10.1128/jmbe.v20i1.1635.

Campbell, Lauren G., J. Cameron Thrash, Nancy N. Rabalais, and Olivia U. Mason. 2019. Extent of the annual Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone influences microbial community structure. PLoS ONE 14(4): e0209055.

Henson, Michael W.,  V. Celeste Lanclos, Brant C. Faircloth, and J. Cameron Thrash. 2018. Cultivation and genomics of the first freshwater SAR11 (LD12) isolate.The ISME Journal 12:1846-1860. Supplementary Information

Henson, Michael W., Jordan Hanssen, Greg Spooner, Patrick Flemming, Markus Pukonen,  Frederick Stahr, and J. Cameron Thrash. 2018. Nutrient dynamics and stream order influence microbial community patterns along a 2914 km transect of the Mississippi River. Limnology and Oceanography 63(5):1837-1855 Supplemental Material

Thrash, J. Cameron, Brett J. Baker, Kiley W. Seitz, Ben Temperton, Lauren Gillies Campbell, Nancy N. Rabalais, Bernard Henrissat, and Olivia U. Mason. 2018. Metagenomic assembly and prokaryotic MAGs from the northern Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone”. Microbiology Resource Announcements 7:e01033-18 Table S1

Craine, Joseph, Michael W. Henson, J. Cameron Thrash, Jordan Hanssen, Greg Spooner, Patrick Fleming, Marcus Pukonen, Frederick Stahr, Sarah Spaulding, and Noah Fierer. 2018. Environmental DNA reveals the structure of phytoplankton assemblages along a 2900-km transect in the Mississippi River. bioRxiv preprint.

Thrash, J. Cameron , Kiley W. Seitz, Brett J. Baker, Ben Temperton, Lauren E. Gillies, Nancy N. Rabalais, Bernard Henrissat, Olivia U. Mason. 2017. Metabolic roles of uncultivated bacterioplankton lineages in the northern Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone.” mBio 8(5):e01017-17 Supplementary Information. (Issue Cover)

Halsey, Kimberly H., Stephen J. Giovannoni, Martin Graus, Yanlin Zhao, Zachary Landry, J. Cameron Thrash, and Joost de Gouw. 2017. Biological Cycling of Acetaldehyde by Phytoplankton and Bacterioplankton. Limnology & Oceanography 62(6):2650-2661. doi: 10.1002/lno.10596

Henson, Michael W., David M. Pitre, Jessica Lee Weckhorst, V. Celeste Lanclos, Austen T. Webber, and J. Cameron Thrash. 2016. Artificial seawater media facilitates cultivating members of the microbial majority from the Gulf of Mexico. mSphere 1(2). doi: 10.1128/mSphere.00028-16 Supplementary Information.

Schloss, Patrick, Rene Girard, Thomas Martin, Joshua Edwards, and J. Cameron Thrash. 2016. The status of the archaeal and bacterial census: an update. mBio 7(3):e00201-16

Lanclos, V. Celeste, Michael W. Henson, David M. Pitre, and J. Cameron Thrash. 2016. Draft Genome Sequence of strain LSUCC0135, an early diverging member of the Methylophilales in the BetaproteobacteriaGenome Announcements. 4(6):e01231-16

Sun, Jing, Jonathan D. Todd, J. Cameron Thrash, Yanping Qian, Michael C. Qian, Ben Temperton, Jiazhen Guo, Emily K. Fowler, Joshua T. Aldrich, Carrie D. Nicora, Mary S. Lipton, Richard D. Smith, Patrick De Leenheer, Samuel H. Payne, Andrew W. B. Johnston, Cleo Davie-Martin, and Stephen J. Giovannoni. 2016. The abundant marine bacterium Pelagibacter simultaneously catabolizes dimethylsulfoniopropionate to the gases dimethyl sulfide and methanethiolNature Microbiology. doi: 10.1038/NMICROBIOL.2016.65

Hogle, Shane L., J. Cameron Thrash, Chris L. Dupont, and Katherine A. Barbeau. 2016. Trace metal acquisition by heterotrophic bacterioplankton with contrasting trophic strategies. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 82(5): 1613-1624.

Learman, Deric R., Michael W. Henson, J. Cameron Thrash, Ben Temperton, Pamela M. Brannock, Scott R. Santos, Andrew R. Mahon, and Kenneth M. Halanych. 2016. Biogeochemical and microbial variation across 5500 km of Antarctic surface sediment implicates organic matter as a driver of benthic community structure. Frontiers in Microbiology 7:284. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00284

Thrash, J. Cameron, Jessica Lee Weckhorst and David M. Pitre. 2015. Cultivating Fastidious Microbes. In Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology Protocols, vol. 4 (Cultivation). Edited by Terry J. McGenity, Kenneth N. Timmis and Balbina Nogales. In Press.

Carini, Paul, Benjamin A. S. Van Mooy, J. Cameron Thrash, Angelicque E. White, Yanlin Zhao, Emily O. Campbell, Helen Fredericks, and Stephen J. Giovannoni. 2015. SAR11 lipid renovation in response to phosphorous starvation. PNAS. 112(25): 7677-7772

Gilles, Lauren E., J. Cameron Thrash, Sergio deRada, Nancy N. Rabalais, and Olivia U. Mason. 2015. Archaeal enrichment in the hypoxic zone in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Environmental Microbiology 17(10): 3847-3856

Thrash, J. Cameron, Ben Temperton, Brandon K. Swan, Zachary C. Landry, Tanja Woyke, Edward F. DeLong, Ramunas Stepanauskas, and Stephen J. Giovannoni. 2014. Single-cell enabled comparative genomics of a deep ocean SAR11 bathytype. The ISME Journal 8(7): 1440-1451

Giovannoni, Stephen J., J. Cameron Thrash, and Ben Temperton. 2014. Implications of streamlining theory for microbial ecology. The ISME Journal 8(8): 1553-1565.

Carini, Paul, Emily O. Campbell, Jeff Morré, Sergio Sañudo-Wilhelmy, J. Cameron Thrash, Samuel Bennett, Ben Temperton, Tadhg Begley, and Stephen J. Giovannoni. 2014. Discovery of a SAR11 growth requirement for thiamin’s pyrimidine precursor and its distribution in the Sargasso Sea. The ISME Journal 8(8): 1727-1738

Ferla, Matteo P., J. Cameron Thrash, Stephen J. Giovannoni, and Wayne M. Patrick. 2013. New rRNA Gene-Based Phylogenies of the Alphaproteobacteria Provide Perspective on Major Groups, Mitochondrial Ancestry and Phylogenetic Instability. PLOS ONE 8(12): e83383. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083383

Smith, Daniel P., J. Cameron Thrash, Carrie D. Nicora, Mary S. Lipton, Kristin E. Burnum, Paul Carini, Richard D. Smith, and Stephen J. Giovannoni. 2013. Proteomic and transcriptomic analysis of “Candidatus Pelagibacter ubique” describes the first PII-independent response to nitrogen limitation in a free-living alphaproteobacteriummBio 4(6):e00133-12. doi:10.1128/mBio.00133-12

Vergin, Kevin L.*, Bánk Beszteri*, Adam Monier, J. Cameron Thrash, Ben Temperton, Alexander H. Treusch, Fabian Kilpert, Alexandra Z. Worden, and Stephen J. Giovannoni. 2013. High resolution SAR11 ecotype dynamics at the Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study Site by phylogenetic placement of pyrosequencesThe ISME Journal 7(7): 1322-1332

Zhao, Yanlin*, Ben Temperton*, J. Cameron Thrash, Michael S. Schwalbach, Kevin L. Vergin, Zachary C. Landry, Mark Ellisman, Tom Deerinck, Matthew B. Sullivan, and Stephen J. Giovannoni. 2013. Abundant SAR11 viruses in the ocean. Nature 494(7437): 357-360

Grote, Jana*, J. Cameron Thrash*, Megan J. Huggett, Zachary C. Landry, Paul Carini, Stephen J. Giovannoni, and Michael S. Rappé. 2012. Streamlining and Core Genome Conservation among Highly Divergent Members of the SAR11 ClademBio 3(5): e00252-12

Thrash, J. Cameron, Alex Boyd, Megan J. Huggett, Jana Grote, Paul Carini, Ryan J. Yoder, Barbara Robbertse, Joseph W. Spatafora, Michael S. Rappé, and Stephen J. Giovannoni. 2011. Phylogenomic evidence for a common ancestor of mitochondria and the SAR11 cladeScientific Reports 1(13); DOI:10.1038/srep00013

Sun, Jing, Laura Steindler, J. Cameron Thrash, Kimberly H. Halsey, Daniel P. Smith, Amy E. Carter, Zachary C. Landry, and Stephen J. Giovannoni. 2011. One Carbon Metabolism in SAR11 Pelagic Marine BacteriaPLOS ONE 6(8): e23973

Dreher, Theo W., Nathan Brown, Connie S. Bozarth, Andrew D. Schwartz, Erin Riscoe, Cameron Thrash, Samuel E. Bennett, Shin-Cheng Tzeng, and Claudia S. Maier. 2011. A freshwater cyanophage whose genome indicates close relationships to photosynthetic marine cyanomyophagesEnvironmental Microbiology 13(7): 1858-1874

Wrighton, Kelly C., J. Cameron Thrash, Ryan A. Melnyk, J. P. Bigi, Katherine G. Byrne-Bailey, J. P. Remis, Denise Schichnes, M. Auer, C. J. Chang, and John D. Coates. 2011. Evidence for direct electron transfer by a Gram-positive bacterium isolated from a microbial fuel cellApplied and Environmental Microbiology 77(21): 7633-7639

Weber, Karrie A., J. Cameron Thrash, J. Ian Van Trump, Laurie A. Achenbach, and John D. Coates. 2011. Environmental and Taxonomic Bacterial Diversity of Anaerobic Uranium(IV) Bio-OxidationApplied and Environmental Microbiology 77(13): 4693-4696

Van Trump, J. Ian, Kelly C. Wrighton, J. Cameron Thrash, Karrie A. Weber, Gary L. Andersen, and John D. Coates. 2011. Humic acid-oxidizing, nitrate-reducing bacteria in agricultural soilsmBio 2(4); DOI: 10.1128/mBio.00044-11

Thrash, J. Cameron, Sarir Ahmadi, and John D. Coates. 2011. Anaerobic respiratory iron(II) oxidation. In Microbial Metal and Metalloid Metabolism: Advances and Applications. Edited by John F. Stolz and Ronald S. Oremland

Thrash, J. Cameron and John D. Coates. 2011. Phylum XVII. Acidobacteria phy. nov. In Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, 2nd edn, vol. 4 (The Bacteroidetes, Planctomycetes, Chlamydiae, Spirochaetes, Fibrobacteres, Fusobacteria, Acidobacteria, Verrucomicrobia, Dictyoglomi and Gemmatimonadetes). Edited by Noel R. Krieg, James T. Staley, Brian Hedlund, Bruce J. Paster, Naomi Ward, Wolfgang Ludwig, and William B. Whitman.

Thrash, J. Cameron*, Jang-Cheon Cho*, Anthony D. Bertagnolli, Steve Ferriera, Justin Johnson, Kevin L. Vergin, and Stephen J. Giovannoni. 2011. Genome sequence of the marine Janibacter sp. strain HTCC2649Journal of Bacteriology 193(2): 584-585

Thrash, J. Cameron, Sarir Ahmadi, Tamas Torok, and John D. Coates. 2010. Characterization of Magnetospirillum bellicus sp. nov., a novel dissimilatory perchlorate-reducing bacterium in the Alphaproteobacteria isolated from a bioelectrical reactorApplied and Environmental Microbiology 76(14): 4730-4737

Thrash, J. Cameron, Jarrod Pollock, Tamas Torok, and John D. Coates. 2010. Description of the novel perchlorate-reducing bacteria Dechlorobacter hydrogenophilus gen. nov., sp. nov., and Propionivibrio militaris, sp. novApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology 86(1): 335-343

Thrash, J. Cameron*, Jang-Cheon Cho*, Steve Ferriera, Justin Johnson, Kevin L. Vergin, and Stephen J. Giovannoni. 2010. Genome sequences of Pelagibaca bermudensis HTCC2601T and Maritimibacter alkaliphilus HTCC2654T, the type strains of two marine Roseobacter generaJournal of Bacteriology 192(20): 5552-5553

Thrash, J. Cameron*, Jang-Cheon Cho*, Steve Ferriera, Justin Johnson, Kevin L. Vergin, and Stephen J. Giovannoni. 2010. Genome sequences of strains HTCC2148 and HTCC2080 belonging to the OM60/NOR5 clade of the Gammaproteobacteria. Journal of Bacteriology 192(14): 3842-3843

Thrash, J. Cameron, Ulrich Stingl, Jang-Cheon Cho, Steve Ferriera, Justin Johnson, Kevin L. Vergin, and Stephen J. Giovannoni. 2010. Genome sequence of the novel marine Gammaproteobacterium strain HTCC5015. Journal of Bacteriology 192(14): 3838-3839

Thrash, J. Cameron*, Jang-Cheon Cho*, Kevin L. Vergin, and Stephen J. Giovannoni. 2010. Genome sequences of Oceanicola granulosus HTCC2516T and O. batsensis HTCC2597TJournal of Bacteriology 192(13): 3549-3550

Thrash, J. Cameron*, Jang-Cheon Cho*, Kevin L. Vergin, Robert M. Morris, and Stephen J. Giovannoni. 2010. Genome Sequence of Lentisphaera araneosa HTCC2155T, the type species of the order Lentisphaerales in the phylum LentisphaeraeJournal of Bacteriology 192(11): 2938-2939

Melchior, Benoit, Angie E. Garcia, Bor-Kai Hsiung, Katherine M. Lo, Jonathan M. Doose, J. Cameron Thrash, Anna Stalder, Matthias Staufenbiel, Harald Neumann, and Monica J. Carson. 2010. Dual Induction of TREM2 and Tolerance related transcript, Tmem176b in amyloid transgenic mice: implications for vaccine-based therapies for Alzheimer’s diseaseASN NEURO 2(3): 157-170

Weber, Karrie A., David B. Hedrick, Aaron D. Peacock, J. Cameron Thrash, David C. White, Laurie A. Achenbach, and John D. Coates. 2009. Physiological and taxonomic description of the novel autotrophic, metal oxidizing bacterium, Pseudogulbenkiania sp. strain 2002Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 83(3): 555-565

Thrash, J. Cameron, Bruce E. Torbett, and Monica J. Carson. 2009. Developmental Regulation of TREM2 and DAP12 Expression in the Murine CNS: Implications for Nasu-Hakola DiseaseNeurochemical Research 34(1): 38-45

Thrash, J. Cameron and John D. Coates. 2008. Review: Direct and Indirect Electrical Stimulation of Microbial MetabolismEnvironmental Science and Technology 42(11): 3921-3931

Thrash, J. Cameron, J. Ian Van Trump, Karrie A. Weber, Elisabeth Miller, Laurie A. Achenbach, and John D. Coates. 2007. Electrochemical Stimulation of Microbial Perchlorate ReductionEnvironmental Science and Technology 41(5): 1740-1746

Papenfuss, Tracey L., J. Cameron Thrash, Patricia E. Danielson, Pamela E. Foye, Brian S. Hillbrush, Gregor J. Sutcliffe, Caroline C. Whitacre, and Monica J. Carson. 2007. Induction of Golli-MBP Expression in CNS Macrophages During Acute LPS-Induced CNS Inflammation and Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE)TheScientificWorldJOURNAL 7(S2): 112-120

Plant, Sheila R., Heather A. Iocca, Ying Wang, J. Cameron Thrash, Brian P. O’Connor, Heather A. Arnett, Yang-Xin Fu, Monica J. Carson, and Jenny P.-Y. Ting. 2007. Lymphotoxin beta receptor (Lt betaR): dual roles in demyelination and remyelination and successful theraputic intervention using Lt betaR-Ig proteinJournal of Neuroscience 27(28): 7429-37

Carson, Monica J., J. Cameron Thrash, and Barbara Walter. 2006. The cellular response in neuroinflammation: The role of leukocytes, microglia and astrocytes in neuronal death and survivalClinical Neuroscience Research 6(5): 237-245

Plant, Sheila R., Ying Wang, Sophie Vasseur, J. Cameron Thrash, Eileen J. McMahon, Daniel T. Bergstralh, Heather A. Arnett, Steven D. Miller, Monica J. Carson, Juan L. Iovanna, and Jenny P.-Y. Ting. 2006. Upregulation of the stress-associated gene p8 in mouse models of demyelination and in multiple sclerosis tissues. Glia 53(5): 529-37

Carson, Monica J., J. Cameron Thrash, and David Lo. 2004. Analysis of microglial gene expression: identifying targets for CNS neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseaseAmerican Journal of Pharmacogenomics 4(5): 321-30

Opportunities

We’ve compiled a list of funding opportunities for early career scientists at multiple levels. If you have interest in joining us, please review the Thrash Lab personnel expectations to see if our culture and attitude look like a fit. If so, email Cameron your CV with some comments about your motivation to work with us and your particular project interests, as well as to enquire about whether we have open positions. Prospective graduate students can apply to join the Thrash lab through the Ph.D. program in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography (MBBO)

Improving your graduate school expectations

Pursuing your graduate degree is an excellent investment in your future. It’s also important to have appropriate expectations about what graduate school will entail and the possible career outcomes for PhDs in biological sciences. We have specific personnel expectations for the Thrash Lab, and JCT is always willing to discuss these further. Here are some additional resources from other places for information on what to expect during and after graduate school:
Nature’s 2019 survey of over 6,000 Ph.D. students from around the world.
A message for mentors from dissatisfied graduate students.
Infographic: Where will a biology Ph.D. take you?
Ten simple rules for developing good reading habits during graduate school and beyond.


Education

BISC 419L Environmental Microbiology

This course covers the roles of microorganisms- primarily bacteria, archaea, viruses and some protists- in natural systems, both pristine and contaminated. Material includes qualitative and quantitative appraisal of microbial biomass and activities; microbial communities and their development; molecular biological approaches to study natural systems; biogeochemical processes including major elemental cycles; microbial interactions; and effects of microorganisms on their surroundings and vice versa. Co-taught with Dr. Eric Webb.

BISC 473L Biological Oceanography

This course will cover the basics of biological, physical, and chemical dynamics in the oceans with a particular emphasis on life in different ocean environments. Specific topics include primary production of phytoplankton, secondary production by zooplankton, bacterial remineralization, physiology and ecology of fishes, and marine mammals. Co-taught with Dr. Naomi Levine.

BISC 588L Introductory Bioinformatics

Contemporary research in the biological sciences has capitalized on recent advances in computational methodologies to address novel questions relating to the ecology and evolution of life on this planet. To effectively contribute to this growing field, the next generation of biologists must have a solid foundation in both classical biology and bioinformatics. This hands-on course will introduce biologists with minimal to no prior command line experience to basic bioinformatics skills, software, and analysis pipelines. Co-taught with Dr. Carly Kenkel

Microbiology-focused Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (mCURE) sections

In coordination with Linda Bazilian and Gorjana Bezmalinovic, we are conducting mCURE sections in freshman biology laboratory courses. Students learn theory from primary literature, conduct real experiments to cultivate and characterize microorganisms from marine sources, and learn DNA extraction, PCR, and basic BLAST to identify their isolates. Check out our submitted manuscript detailing one semester of curriculum entitled  The CURE for Cultivating Fastidious Microbes, and we have a second semester of currently under review, but available as a preprint: A CURE for physiological characterization of bacterioplankton in liquid culture.

MicroSeminar

Be sure to check out MicroSeminar (@MicroSeminar), a set of free online microbiology seminars, where Cameron is a co-host with Lizzy Wilbanks, David Baltrus, Jillian Petersen, Sarah Preheim, Laetitia Wilkins (and formerly Jennifer Biddle).


Alums

  • Brette Campbell – LSU Undergraduate Researcher; B.S. Microbiology, 2014
  • Mary Carnes – LSU Undergraduate Researcher 2017-2018
  • Chase Doiron – LSU Undergraduate Researcher 2015-2016
  • Bailey Dixon – LSU Undergraduate Researcher 2015-2017
  • Joshua Edwards – LSU Undergraduate Researcher 2015
  • Logan Forest – LSU Undergraduate Researcher 2018
  • Rene Girard – LSU Undergraduate Researcher; B.S. Biology, 2015. After: graduate school at University of Texas Northeast
  • Megan Guidry – LSU Undergraduate Researcher 2017-2018
  • Michael Henson – LSU Ph.D. student 2014-2018; Ph.D. Biology 2018; USC Postdoc 2019. After: Postdoc with Dr. Maureen Coleman, U of Chicago
  • Alex Hyer – USC Ph.D. student 2018-2019
  • Anna Lucchesi – LSU Undergraduate Researcher 2016-2018
  • Thomas Martin – LSU Undergraduate Researcher 2015
  • Meha Magesh – USC Undergraduate Researcher 2019-2020
  • Emily Nall – LSU Undergraduate Researcher 2014-2018; B.S. Biology, B.S. Microbiology, Amborski Award winner, 2018. After: lab tech with Dr. Jennifer Brum, LSU
  • David Pitre – LSU Undergraduate Researcher 2014-2015; B.S. Biology, Amborski Award winner, 2015. After: medical school at LSU New Orleans
  • Nicolas Spatafora – LSU Undergraduate Researcher 2014-2015; transferred to Oregon State University
  • Mikaela Walters – LSU Undergraduate Researcher 2017-2018
  • Austen Webber – LSU Ph.D. student 2015-2016. After: brewer at Mantra Artisan Ales
  • Jessica Weckhorst – LSU Undergraduate Researcher 2013-2015; B.S. Microbiology, Socolofski Award winner, 2015. After: graduate school at Baylor University


News

Welcome to the lab Eric!

Eric Getz has joined the lab on an early summer start to his Ph.D. student appointment through…


Temporary lab shut down

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, we're reducing our lab presence to only essential functions. Research…


Thrash Lab research at Ocean Sciences 2020

We're at the Ocean Sciences Meeting next week! Both Celeste and Jordan are presenting posters…


Welcome to the lab Nicole!

Nicole Ratib has officially joined the lab as a Simons Postdoctoral Fellow in Marine Microbial…


Mike moves on to a postdoc in the Coleman Lab

Mike is leaving us to join Maureen Coleman's lab at the University of Chicago beginning in 2020.…


Higher throughput cultivation

Mike began the first official cultivation experiment using our epMotion robot today. I just…



Contact

University of Southern California
Department of Biological Sciences
3616 Trousdale Pkwy, AHF 209
Los Angeles, CA 90089
thrash at usc dot edu