SEA PHAGE students attend microbiology conference
Freshmen ReBUILDetroit scholars and their Detroit Mercy classmates attended the Michigan Branch of the American Society for Microbiology conference in Lansing earlier this month.
Fifteen first year students from Detroit Mercy attended the all-day conference titled, “Nano-parts for micro-life.”
“This is the first experience many of our students had attending a research conference,” said Dr. Jacob Kagey, associate professor of biology and director of the student training core of ReBUILDetroit. “This is a great opportunity to learn more about microbiology and research conferences, as well as interact with scientists from all around the midwest. The students will be presenting their research findings at research symposia and conferences this year.”
The SEA-PHAGES course is sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Science Education Alliance.
The lab is designed to give students a unique mentored research experience in their freshman year.
Students are part of a larger national consortium to isolate and characterize new bacteriophage (viruses that infect bacteria).