E. coli Summer Research
Some “hard science” for a change. Kenyon students are hard at work studying E. coli bacteria–actually, grilling burgers for the weekly Science Quad cookout. As you would expect, the heroic lab tech (and author of our most recent paper) is getting the job done, with the PI standing by helpfully (not much).
Back in the lab, Keith is trying to get E. coli to evolve to grow better in acid (and live through our stomach perhaps). Anna is growing biofilms in acid–surprising, we thought E. coli wouldn’t be able to do it. Maria and Michael are showing how genes of amino acid and fatty acid metabolism help the bacteria survive. And Walker, the Ohio chess champion (orange shirt) is doing our glassware (as everyone knows, the most critical part of any bacteria experiment). Meredith wasn’t there that day but she’ll be back Monday.
So much for happy science in rural Gambier, while most of the humanities faculty are away in London or other exciting locales.
What would you like to see us testing in E. coli?