Personnel:

John R. Battista - Principle Investigator

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John Battista is from Detroit, MI and recieved a PhD in Chemistry from Wayne State University while in the laboraotry of L. J. Marnett. His postdoctoral work was done in the laboratory of Graham C. Walker at MIT. He has been a faculty member at Louisiana State University in Microbiology and Biological Sciences since 1990. He is also a Mary Lou Applewhite Professor of Biological Sciences

Dr. Battista's contact information:
Louisiana State University, Dept. of Biological Sciences,
646 Life Sciences Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-2810
Fax: (225) 578-2597
Email: jbattis@lsu.edu
Last update: May 2015

Graduate Students:



Kelley Gwin Núñez

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B.S., Microbiology, Louisiana State University A & M, Baton Rouge, LA (2009)
Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University A & M, Baton Rouge, LA (In Progress - 2015)

Kelley has developed a method called "Selective Enrichment Capture" (SEC) which captures specific DNA sequences from complex or low biomass samples. She has used this method to recreate a staggered mock community composed of 20 bacterial species. She has also recreated the community composition of DNA extracted from basal ice from Taylor Glacier. More recently, Kelley used this method to determine the microbiome of the Eastern oyster C. virginica. And used SEC as a way to pull out insertions within an insertional mutant library in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. This method can also concentrate DNA samples from low biomass environments and even from PCR-inhibitory enivronments. Kelley is also our lab manager and supervises all undergraduates and their projects.

Kelley's contact information:
Louisiana State University, Dept. of Biological Sciences
107 Life Sciences Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-5226
Fax: (225) 578-2597
Email: kgwin1@lsu.edu
Last update: May 2015
Kelley Núñez CV
Check out Kelley's blog - Microbiologist to computational biologist



Undergraduates

Interested in joining the lab? Contact Dr. John Battisa, jbattis@lsu.edu



Past lab members

Graduate Students:

Kathiresan Selvam
Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University A & M, Baton Rouge, LA (2007-2013)
Kathir is currently a post-doc in Dr. Shisheng Li's lab.

Jana Duncan
M.S., Louisiana State University A & M, Baton Rouge, LA (2011)
B.S., Louisiana State University A & M, Baton Rouge, LA (2007)



Undergraduates:


Trent Davidge- Worked in the lab from 2012-2015.

 


Meredith McDonald - Worked in the lab from 2014-2015.

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Sarah Beth Theriot - Worked in lab from 2011-2014, currently enrolled in medical school in Arkansas.

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Dieu Doan - Worked in lab from 2011-2014, currently enrolled in medical school in Louisiana.

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Kirstie Watkins - Worked in lab from 2010-2014.

 


Grant Raphael

Trevor Smith- worked in the lab in Spring 2013.

Shannon White - worked in the lab from 2012-2013, currently enrolled in pharamacy school.

Jordan Phillips - worked in the lab in 2012

Marisa Russell - worked in the lab 2011-2012.