Emily Deas, a sophomore biochemistry and molecular biology major and Pathways scholar, recently worked in a marine microbiology lab at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Deas worked with Dr. Karen Lloyd, and their main research was doing cell counts through a process called Catalyzed Reporter Deposition Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (CARD-FISH). She took samples from White Oak River’s estuary and did cell counts with Lloyd’s method to show that when the correct enzyme is used, bacteria and archaea are found in basically equal population. Deas was also included as an author on Lloyd’s research poster titled Activities of extracellular peptidases in sediments of the White Oak River Estuary, N.C.
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