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Dr. Pamela Lucas Connerly

Professor of Biology

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

Academic Background

  • Doctorate

    • The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
    • Doctor of Philosophy, Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Bachelors

    • Earlham College, Richmond, IN, USA
    • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Chemistry, Minor in Biology

Professional Interests

Teaching

I teach Cell Biology, Cell Biology Laboratory, Molecular Biology, Introductory Biology, Senior Seminar, First Year Seminar, and Cancer Biology.

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 introductory biology courses may participate in a "phagehunting" lab where they bring water samples in to class and we search for phages that infect the lab bacteria we are interested in, Caulobacter crescentus.  This bacteria is a ubiquitous, non-pathogenic water bacteria, so is safe for use in the classroom. 

The information we learn about phages that infect C. crescentus 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 size and sequence.  Many students have presented their progress on this project at campus, statewide, and national scientific meetings.

Current research students and I are working to annotate the genomes of several novel Caulobacter phages, which involves interpreting and comparing the genome sequence information in order to learn more about phage function and evolution. We also continue to isolate and characterize additional new Caulobacter phages.

Campus Events

Summer New Student Orientation: Session 9

Summer New Student Orientation: Session 9

August 16th, 2022

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Green Dot Training for New Students

Green Dot Training for New Students

August 16th, 2022

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Volleyball vs. Grenadier Alumni

Volleyball vs. Grenadier Alumni

August 16th, 2022

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Drop-In Advising

Drop-In Advising

August 17th, 2022

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Drop-In Advising

Drop-In Advising

August 18th, 2022

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Drop-In Advising

Drop-In Advising

August 19th, 2022

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

New Student Induction Day

New Student Induction Day

August 19th, 2022

10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Induction Day Involvement and Resource Fair

Induction Day Involvement and Resource Fair

August 19th, 2022

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Learn More About Greek Life Interest Session

Learn More About Greek Life Interest Session

August 19th, 2022

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Federal Work Study and Finding A Job Interest Session
Mentoring Program Interest Session

Mentoring Program Interest Session

August 19th, 2022

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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