Lab News!

July 2017

Dr. Kat attended the Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics (SING) in Tucson, Arizona.

June 2017

Emily Lescak and Kenneth Sparks presented at the Evolution meeting in Portland Oregon. Emily gave a talk titled:  Gene-By-Environment Interactions Drive Developmental Responses to Antibiotic Exposure in Threespine Stickleback Fish. Kenneth presented a poster: Effects of Antibiotic Exposure on Growth of Bacterial Strains Isolated from Threespine Stickleback Guts.

Dr. Kat gave a talk at the Fish Microbiota meeting in Trondheim, Norway: Gene-by-environment interactions drive microbiota variation and response to antibiotics.

Dr. Kat also presented a poster at the ASM Microbe 2017 meeting in New Orleans, LA: Fishing for Contributions of Host Genetic Background to Host-Microbe Interactions.

May 2017

Kelly Ireland, Kenneth Sparks, and Jeremiah Lewis received the OURS/Aalska INBRE undergraduate research assistantship awards! Congratulations to all three! Kelly used hers to create a qRTPCR protocol to measure immune response genes in stickleback raise in different microbial environments; Kenneth created two mock stickleback gut communities and compared their ability to withstand antibiotic challenge in vitro vs in vivo. Jeremiah designed a survey to gather information about Kombucha brewing so that he could collect samples from various sources and characterize the microbes associated with kombucha.

Ruth Isenberg presented a poster at the UABRC in Fairbanks titled: The Effect of a Host’s Environment on the Composition of Their Gut Microbiota.

April 2017

Emily Lescak gave a talk at the Pacific Northwest SETAC meeting in Anchorage, Alaska: Gene-By-Environment Interactions Drive Developmental Responses to Environmentally Relevant Levels of Antibiotic Exposure in Threespine Stickleback Fish

March 2017

Master’s student Ryan Lucas presented a poster at the American Fisheries Society meeting in Fairbanks Alaska: Effects of tetracycline on somatic development in threespine stickleback fish.

February 2017

Undergraduate Kenny Sparks received a UAA Honors College Undergraduate Research Award for his work determining how the microbiota of fish respond to exposure to antibiotics. As part of this project, Kenny will be creating a stickleback artificial gut microbiota community that we hope to use in future studies as well.

Kat gave a talk at the Oceans and Atmosphere Colloquium at Stony Brook University.

January 2017

Kat was featured in an article about her participation in the National Research Mentoring Network program, highlighting her experience learning how to write grant proposals with their GUMSHOE (Grantwriting Uncovered: Maximizing Strategies, Help, Opportunities, Experiences) group.

December 2016

Research in the Milligan-Myhre lab was highlighted in the Green and Gold paper. It included a video with interviews from several lab members!

Fall 2016

September 2016: Kat gave a talk at the UAF Institute of Arctic Biology.

Undergraduate Kelly Ireland has received a UAA Honors College Undergraduate Research Award and the American Fisheries Society Alaska Chapter Molly Ahlgren Award for her work validating qPCR assays to measure immune response in stickleback. This protocol will be used in many aspects in the lab, including the ability to measure the immune response in fish from different populations that are exposed to microbes isolated from stickleback guts.

Summer 2016

We are excited to have been chosen as mentors for the American Fisheries Society’s Hutton Program. An Anchorage high school student will be working with us this summer on metagenomic data analysis.

Masters student Ryan Lucas has received an Alaska INBRE graduate student fellowship to study the effects of clinical levels of antibiotics on microbial community composition and immune response in stickleback.

Postdoc Emily Lescak has received an NSF Broadening Participation postdoctoral fellowship to study the effects of environmentally-relevent levels of antibiotics on microbial community composition and development in stickleback.

Lab Members on the Road!

Kat gave a talk at the Evolution Meeting in June.

Emily attended ECOGEO in July 2017.

Foster attended the Research Institute at MIT summer of 2016.

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