Do you love thinking about the millions of viruses in your mouth – and wonder what they are doing?
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A big question for human health is: How do our microbiomes influence our well being? Though the research and medical communities have learned a lot about the bacteria in our microbiomes in recent years, we are still early on in understanding what roles the even more abundant viruses play. Most viruses in the human body infect bacteria (and are called “phages”) – and these phages are the focus of this research project. You will learn and use bioinformatic approaches to investigate genomes of bacteria that live in our mouths to uncover the phage predators and partners that are hiding there.
The product of this project will include a scientific poster describing the viruses you uncovered and characterized.
|Length of commitment||About a semester (3-5 months)|
|Start time||Spring 2022|
|Level of collaboration||Individual student project|
|Benefits||Research experience; academic credit|
|Who is eligible||Undergraduate students enrolled in ORB 498|
The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.