Student will use photodynamic inactivation (use of a chemical that gets excited by visible light and produces reactive oxygen radicals) that will kill bacteria.
This project is multi-faceted and includes working with antibiotic resistant bacteria and determining their level of resistance and mechanism utilized to acquire resistance. Additionally, the project will look to identify if these bacteria release toxins capable of killing human cells. This project involves cell culture work, microbiology, molecular biology techniques and data analysis.
Minimal data exists for the analysis of bird antibodies against Lyme disease. If birds show higher antibody titers, it suggests they are potentially a “bigger” player in disease transmission, considering it means they have been infected with it previously. It also is possible that their antibodies might provide protection against Lyme disease with is something potentially applicable for human treatment in the future. Currently, I have hundreds of bird serum samples and just need to analyze them. I have preliminary data at least suggesting Robbins can be tested.