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Arctic Lichen, Caitlin Carlson, Currie Lab
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Evolution of Acyl Carrier Proteins within Bacterial Polyketide Synthases, Marc Chevrette, Currie Lab
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Hells Canyon Complex on the Snake River, Ben Peterson, McMahon Lab
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Carved Pennsylvania Slate, Stan Sears and Andrea Myklebust, Commissioned by Wisconsin State Arts board
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Melissa Christopherson, Streptomyces isolated by Micro304 students
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Ants in a grass-cutter ant fungus garden, Lily Khadempour, Currie Lab
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Differential sectoring in Rhizobium colonies due to random curing of a GFP plasmid, Matthew Crook, Ané Lab


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Bioinformatics Research Support Service

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Upcoming Agenda

Google Drive link (campus login required) to the agenda for our next Bacteriology Faculty meeting.


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