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What a great time!  Yingjiao Wang, Songnian Liu, and I just returned from the American Society for Microbiology 2014th General Meeting, held in Boston Massachusetts.  It was fantastic to take students to this event.  It’s pretty pricey, so having it local meant that we could just all commute in from Worcester.   Songnian Liu presented […]

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Time to celebrate!  This is a bit overdue, as I’ve been bogged down with grading and preparing for the American Society for Microbiology meeting, but on May 9th, 2014 Tyler Robison defended his Masters Thesis.  Tyler’s work centered around mercury-dependent changes to thioredoxin in Geobacter sulfurreducens PCA.  The assay he used is called a protein […]

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In Part 1 of this series, I briefly discussed sampling at MASSTC.  In Part 3, I’ll be writing about when septic systems go bad, and in Part 4, I’ll be writing about why we know so little about them. Twenty two percent of US households, and most of the toilets installed in the developing world, […]

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Septic Systems (Part 1) – a black, er, brown box in microbial ecology.

Did you know that 22% of households in the USA use septic systems, also known as Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS), to handle their wastewater?  And did you know we know almost nothing about the microbial ecology of these critical systems? Shocking and shameful, really. Why is understanding OWTS microbial ecology so important?  First, OWTS […]

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More great news! Yingjiao and Tyler’s paper is out!

It’s been a wonderfully gratifying season in the Wiatrowski lab! I just received word that PhD student Yingjiao Wang and master’s student Tyler Robison’s work has been published online in the journal Biometals.  You can find the article here for now: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10534-013-9679-2  DOI 10.1007/s10534-013-9679-2 The paper is titled “The impact of ionic mercury on antioxidant […]

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Wiatrowski Lab publishes paper on arsenic-reducing microbe… with Clark Undergraduate authors!

I’m pleased to announce that my lab has a paper out in Archives of Microbiology! Here you can find a link to the paper. The title of this paper is Identification of a possible respiratory arsenate reductase in Denitrovibrio acetiphilus, a member of the phylum Deferribacteres. This body of work began when members of my […]

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Wiatrowski Lab Attends the Boston Bacterial Meeting

Three students in the Wiatrowski Lab presented their work last week at the Boston Bacterial Meeting. This meeting is a great opportunity for microbiology students in New England. There were close to 600 people in attendance this year.   Except for the Keynote, which this year was given by Bonnie Bassler, all of the oral […]

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Follow us on Twitter!

I just set up Twitter for the Biology Department and the BCMB program. You can find us at @ClarkUBiology and @ClarkuBCMB. Please follow us! We’ll be tweeting seminar announcements and department and program news. I bet you’re wondering why this is better than the e-mail lists. Well, there’s a problem with the e-mail lists, especially […]

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Introducing Biology Coding Club!

I’ve just organized a fun club for any biologists at Clark interested in learning a bit about computer programming. We’re getting together in the Lasry Lobby this summer, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 1:30 PM to start to learn a language of our choice. We’re going to be using the tutorials at Codecademy. Here’s a […]

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Academic Spree Day 2013

I’m just adding a few pictures from the 2013 Academic Spree Day here at Clark. Colin Rutner and Erin Thayer are working on the mer operons in Xanthobacter autotrophicus Py2. Alex Vickers has characterized microbial communities in septic leach fields from the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Testing Center. And Amanda Barbosa has been continuing Kyle […]

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