We seek to understand how bacteria adapt to a host environment. We study the mutualistic symbiosis established between the Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) and a bioluminescent bacterium (Vibrio fischeri). From within a dedicated structure called the light organ, populations of V. fischeri produce light that the squid uses to camouflage itself at night. We use microbial genetics, confocal microscopy, and biochemistry to explore bacterial gene regulation within this fascinating symbiosis.
Congratulations to the following students for their impressive achievements during the Spring 2018 semester:
Caroline Steingard (Senior)
-Stipend and fellowship from Cornell University for the Microbiology Ph.D. program where she’s been accepted in the fall 2018 semester.
-Best Undergraduate Poster Overall (1st place)” and $200 from ECMSS (Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium).
Andy Murtha (Junior)
-RESTEK Student Research symposium – 1st place
-NASA PA Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Scholarship
-Undergraduate Research Fellowship from American Society for Microbiology
-Second place in the Health & Life Sciences category at the Undergraduate Research Exhibition!
Diego Santos and Rachel Bruning (Freshmen)
– “Information Literacy Award at the 2018 Undergraduate Research Exhibition.” All entries at the Exhibition were eligible for this award! A display is available at the Franklin Atrium in the library.
Congratulations to Austin Wittmer, who will be accepting a summer internship with Kimberly-Clark, working on tissue cultures. This is a good fit for Austin’s eventual plans for PA school to focus in dermatology.
Welcoming 4 new talented undergraduates to the Miyashiro Lab!
Lab bowling at Northland Bowl!
Miyashiro Lab Fall 2017
(During the solar eclipse)
Lab Reunion 2017
Presentations, dinner, ice cream, & bowling!
Lab Ice Skating at Pegula Ice Arena!
ASM Microbe 2017
Talk by Dr. Tim Miyashiro
Posters by Ericka D. Reed & Caroline Steingard
Congratulations to Caroline and Andy for winning poster awards at the Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium!
Andrew Murtha (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
“Communication Between Vibrio fischeri Populations within the Squid Light Organ”
Caroline Steingard (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
“Investigation of codependent strain characteristics in polyclonal V. fischeri infections”
Congratulations to the following lab members for the awards won at the Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society Regional Conference at Frostburg State University in Maryland!
Andrew Murtha (BMB) – Third Place Poster Session III
The Miyashiro Lab celebrates graduate student
Nathan Wasilko passing his candidacy!