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Dr. Pamela Connerly

Associate Professor of Biology
Coordinator of Biology

Life Sciences 304
Phone: (812) 941-2131
pconnerl@ius.edu

Professional Interests

Research

My lab has an ongoing project identifying and characterizing novel bacteriophages (phages).  These viruses can be found anywhere their host bacteria are found: in our bodies, in our backyards, in the ocean, and even in hot springs or polar regions.  Several students have contributed at many levels to this ongoing project.  Students in my introductory biology course all participate in a "phagehunting" lab where they bring soil samples in to class and we search for phages that infect the lab bacteria we are interested in, Acinetobacter baylyi.  This bacteria is a non-pathogenic soil bacteria, so is safe for use in the classroom, but it is closely related to other pathogenic species of bacteria. 

The information we learn about phages that infect A. baylyi may give us important insights into phage biology and into potential therapeutic applications.  After students identify a new phage, they may come to work in my research lab to purify and characterize their phage, including discovering how it infects bacteria, what it looks like by electron microscopy, and determining its genome sequence.  Many students have presented their progress on this project at campus and statewide meetings.  One past student presented her work as a poster at a national scientific meeting. 

Current research students and I are working to formalize characterization of one novel phage in order to submit a manuscript for publication.  Work also continues to build up the number of phages identified and characterized in the lab, with a goal of comparative analysis of many Acinetobacter phages.

Campus Events

RICHARD MARX

RICHARD MARX

January 24th, 2018

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Acoustic Eidolon

Acoustic Eidolon

February 8th, 2018

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Registration Appointments for Summer/Fall 2018 Assigned

Registration Appointments for Summer/Fall 2018 Assigned

February 19th, 2018

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

2018 Sanders Speaker Series Featuring Story Musgrave

2018 Sanders Speaker Series Featuring Story Musgrave

February 26th, 2018

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Early (Priority) Registration Begins for Fall 2018

Early (Priority) Registration Begins for Fall 2018

March 5th, 2018

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Last day to Withdraw for Full-Term

March 11th, 2018

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Open Registration Begins for Fall 2018

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March 19th, 2018

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Spring Break Begins

Spring Break Begins

March 26th, 2018
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April 1st, 2018

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