Current and past group members

Pseudomonas putida project:

  • Sheena Henry (Chem 2013): Did extensive AFM work with live P. putida grown with and without anthracene.
  • Ryan Taylor (Chem 2013): Explored growth rates of multiple P. putida strains on both anthracene and naphthalene, characterizing degradation by GC-MS and by production of cell surface-associated compounds.
  • Erica Stevens (EGS 2011): Optimized factors influencing bacterial growth on anthracene and fluoranthene.
  • Danielle Kloster (Chem): Collected beautiful AFM images of P. putida biofilms grown in the presence and absence of anthracene on substrates of varying hydrophobicities.
  • Tom Meli (Anthropology alum, returning research volunteer)  Did the first AFM imaging of P. putida biofilms.
  • Tonya Pasternack (Bio 2010): Extracted surface-associated compounds from P. putida and characterized their biosurfactant abilities.
  • Kerri Degroat (EGS 2008): Started the P. putida project – got all the bacteria up, running, and eating anthracene, and characterized extracted surface compound using direct exposure probe mass spectrometry.

Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus project:

  • Vicky Zhou (Spackenkill H.S. 2015): Examined films of B. bacteriovorus with AFM to determine morphological transitions over time.
  • Nadia Ouedraogo and Ronald Aucapina (both Bio 2016): Coated tipless cantilevers with E. coli and performed force curves on various abiotic and biofilm surfaces.
  • Catherine Mahoney (Biochem 2016): Worked with PeiPei, then later began work on coating tipless cantilevers with E. coli.
  • Sophia Lane (Chem 2014): Continued Michael’s and Keai’s work to get publication-quality data for predatory and host-independent B. bacteriovorus.
  • PeiPei Li (Chem 2016): Collected liquid AFM data on predatory B. bacteriovorus.
  • Keai Jiang (EGS 2012):  Optimized the fixation and imaging parameters for probing live predatory B. bacteriovorus using atomic force microscopy.
  • Michael Wengen (Chem 2011): Did extensive AFM analysis of live host-independent B. bacteriovorus fixed by various methods and using different chemically functionalized AFM tips.
  • Sombridho Bhaduri (Bio 2012, Chem minor): Examined the chemical signals causing B. bacteriovorus to “flip” from predatory to host-independent.
  • Michael Marone (Bio 2011, Chem minor): Examined the chemical signals causing B. bacteriovorus to “flip” from predatory to host-independent.
  • Kimberly Lundberg: Chemically characterized a compound produced by host-independent B. bacteriovorus

Esopus Creek disinfection byproducts project:

  • Ivan Titaley (Chemistry, Berea College 2013, New Paltz REU 2012)
  • Tim Johnson (Environmental Science, Alfred U. 2013, New Paltz REU 2012)
  • Andrew Jacobs (Chemistry, Alfred U. 2012, New Paltz REU 2011)
  • Michelle Weber (Chemistry, U. of the Cumberlands 2012, New Paltz REU 2011)
  • Toby Maxwell (Chemistry, SUNY Geneseo 2011, New Paltz REU 2010)
  • Akira Shimizu (Chemistry, U. Pitt 2013, New Paltz REU 2011)

Other cool stuff:

  • Marc Bellanich (EGS 2014): Examination of the Antibacterial Properties of Dragonfly Wings
  • Kelly Gluchowski (EGS 2014): Continued Laurel’s work with uptake of heavy metals by fungi
  • Jessica Ridgeway (EGS 2012): Photocatalytic degradation of E.coli by means of calcined TiO2 and solar powered LEDs
  • Theresa Savarese (EGS 2012): Using the Beyond Benign Green Chemistry Database to evaluate the sustainability of Organic Chemistry Lab activities
  • Colin Carey (EGS 2012): GC-MS analysis of pesticide overspray contamination in an organic orchard
  • Laurel Okorofsky (Bio 2011): Soil bioremediation using native fungi
  • Joe Kozlowski (MAT Chem 2011): Using AFM to measure effects of changing the base to curing agent ratio on elastomer properties
  • Christine Maday (EGS 2011):  A GC/MS-based comparison of biodiesels synthesized from algae oil
  • Kate Lawrence (EGS 2010): The effects of road proximity on rural wetland water quality

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