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 2013

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 - anticipated 2014)

Kelley has developed a method called "Targeted Genomics" which captures specific DNA sequences from complex or low biomass samples. She recently used Targeted Genomics 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. Currently, she is using her method to characterize a microbial community from a mock community, the basal ice of Taylor Glacier, and to determine the microbiota of Crassostrea virginica, a Gulf of Mexico oyster. 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: August 2013
Kelley Núñez CV
Check out Kelley's blog - Microbiologist to computational biologist





Undergraduates


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Sarah Beth Theriot

B.S., Biological Sciences, Louisiana State Univerisity A & M, Baton Rouge, LA (In progress - anticipated 2014)
Honor's Thesis project: Assessment of the human pathogen Vibrio vulnificus in Gulf of Mexico oysters Crassostrea virginica harvested from estuaries of different salinities with subsequent depuration treatment.
*This project is funded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute


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Dieu Doan
B.S., Biological Sciences, Louisiana State Univerisity A & M, Baton Rouge, LA (In progress - anticipated 2014)
Honor's Thesis project: Direct evolution of desiccation tolerance in Escherichia coli, strain MG1655.
*This project is funded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute





Trent Davidge
B.S., Biochemistry, Louisiana State Univerisity A & M, Baton Rouge, LA (In progress - anticipated 2015)
Undergraduate Project: Isolation and characterization of styrene-butadiene degrading microorganisms.




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Kirstie Watkins
B.S., Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University A & M, Baton Rouge, LA (In progress - anticipated 2014)





Grant Raphael
B.S., Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University A & M, Baton Rouge, LA (In progress - anticipated 2015)




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:

Trevor Smith
B.S., Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University A & M, Baton Rouge, LA (In the lab Spring 2013)

Shannon White
B.S., Microbiology, Louisiana State Univerisity A & M, Baton Rouge, LA (In the lab 2012-2013)

Jordan Phillips
B.A., Psychology, Louisiana State University A & M, Baton Rouge, LA

Marisa Russell
B.S., Microbiology, Louisiana State Univerisity A & M, Baton Rouge, LA (In the lab 2011-2012)