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 "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: August 2013
Kelley Núñez CV
Check out Kelley's blog - Microbiologist to computational biologist



Undergraduates




Trent Davidge
B.S., Biochemistry, Louisiana State Univerisity A & M, Baton Rouge, LA (In progress - anticipated 2015)
Undergraduate Project: Activity of the protein LacZ in irradiated E. coli cells.

 


Meredith McDonald
B.S., Microbiology, Louisiana State Univerisity A & M, Baton Rouge, LA (In progress - anticipated 2015)
Undergraduate Project: Development of Methodology for Improved Recovery of Short Tandem Repeats (STRs) from Degraded DNA



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:

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Sarah Beth Theriot
B.S., Biological Sciences, Louisiana State Univerisity A & M, Baton Rouge, LA (In progress - May 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.

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Dieu Doan
B.S., Biological Sciences, Louisiana State Univerisity A & M, Baton Rouge, LA (In progress - May 2014)
Honor's Thesis project: Direct evolution of desiccation tolerance in Escherichia coli, strain MG1655.

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


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

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)