This intensive, project-oriented course is taught by Dr. Russell Hill and colleagues at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Science every year or two depending on funding. The four previous SMaRT courses have been funded by the National Science Foundation. The course is for Undergraduate Students with a strong interest and some familiarity with microbiology. This course is targeted to students from groups traditionally underrepresented in science. Ten day intensive training in microbiology and molecular microbial ecology is given. Teaching and hands-on research focuses on microbes in sponges although the principles and skills covered are generally applicable in microbiology. Students isolate microbes from sponges, identify isolates by 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequencing, extract total DNA from sponges and perform PCR on this DNA to amplify microbial genes. A major focus is the detection of signaling compounds from microbes. Microscopy and fluorescence in situ hybridization are also covered.
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