Research Articles

Research Articles describe specific experiments and their results.

Escherichia coli Splinter Killer System: Degradation of Plant Material Using a Transformed E. coli Chassis

November 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

Splinters are a common everyday injury, and current home remedies remain insufficient. Tweezers can be painful, difficult to use, and can leave fragments of wood behind. To solve this problem, Escherichia coli can be genetically engineered to enzymatically digest the cellulose and lignin present in a wood splinter, which can then be washed out of the wound or reabsorbed by the body. [...]

Evaluating the Potential Use of a Cellulose Binding Domain to Protect Oysters from Perkinsus marinus in the Chesapeake Bay

November 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Eastern Oyster population of the Chesapeake Bay has been declining steadily over the past century due to a disease called Dermo. Dermo is a disease caused by the Perkinsus marinus parasite, which attaches to the galectin receptors on the outer membrane of oyster cells. The purpose of this project is to create a synthetic seaweed that will capture the protist, P. marinus. [...]

Expression of Keratinase Genes from the Bacillus Genera in Escherichia coli JM109 and DH5α for use in the Poultry and Wastewater Management Industries

November 28, 2016 // 1 Comment

The expression of bacterial keratinase provides an opportunity to manage degradation-resistant keratin waste. This study aims to provide a foundation for future management of hair and feather waste by reducing the negative effects that the current treatment methods have on the environment, and by producing a useful amino acid protein product of high quality such as animal feed and fertilizers. [...]

Charlotte’s New Web: Creating Fluorescent Spider Silk

November 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

The objective is to design and produce synthetic spider silk that will present fluorescent qualities in protective gear worn in police, fire and rescue services, National Guards, and many other law enforcement and life saving agencies. [...]