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Biology Department to participate in National Phage Genomics Research Project

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April 17, 2015

University of Detroit Mercy has been accepted into the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education Alliance. UDM is one of 17 universities this year joining the Alliance through the Science Education Alliance Phage Hunter’s Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES), beginning in the summer of 2015.

As a member of the Alliance, faculty and undergraduate students in the Department of Biology of the College of Engineering & Science will participate in a three-year national phage genomics research project, in conjunction with faculty and students at over 70 colleges and universities around the country.

“The College of Engineering & Science has a strong track record of involving undergraduates in true scientific discovery,” said Gary Kuleck, dean of the College and professor of biology. “This program is an unparalleled opportunity for our students to participate in authentic research from day one of their college experience, learning to think and act as scientists. It also gives faculty the opportunity to integrate innovative teaching and research components into the curriculum.”

HHMI established the Alliance in 2007 and the SEA-PHAGES program has been a major component of the success of SEA.  SEA-PHAGES includes a two-part, year-long course that enables students to make discoveries by doing research on bacterial viruses, called phage. Participating classes isolate phage and decode the genomes, making significant contributions to the field of genomics.

Stephanie Conant, associate professor of biology, and Jacob Kagey, assistant professor of biology, will jointly oversee and run the project in the coming academic year.

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