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BS Bioinformatics Majors Awarded National Research Fellowship

Junior Bioinformatics majors Genevieve Johnson and Taylor Miller-Ensminger were selected for the 2018-2019 Computing Research Association's undergraduate research fellowship. Their project will develop a single software pipeline to improve the prediction of hosts for novel viral species. This work expands upon their on-going research in the Putonti lab isolating new viral species from the microflora of the female bladder.

Bioinformatics Students Published

LUC Bioinformatics students engaged in research have contributed to peer-reviewed publications in the scientific literature. Most recent publications include:

  • Bioinformatics MS student Angela Andaleon (MS '19) and former BS students, Dr. Lauren Mogil (BS '11) and Alexa Badalamenti (BS '17), published their study of gene expression traits across diverse populations in PLoS Genetics.
  • Andrea Garretto (BS '18; MS '19) is first author led the effort to characterize the viral species present within the bladders of women with and without overactive bladder symptoms in the Journal of General Virology.
  • Taylore Miller-Ensminger (BS '20), Andrea Garretto (BS '18; MS '19), and Jon Brenner (BS '15) published the first catalog of phages in the bladder microbiota in the Journal of Bacteriology.
  • Employing standard machine learning techniques, the work of Michael Courtois (BS '16) describes how recognition algorithms can be implemented to collect movement data in tracking therapy and recovery of patients in the Journal of NeuroEngineering & Rehabilitation.
  • New Baysian analyses explain the role of internal balance cues and visual stimuli on perceived eye level in a recent publication co-authored by Larry Kalesinskas (BS '17) in Fronteirs in Computational Neuroscience.
  • The role of the bacterium Lactobacillus crispatus on urinary health remains unknown. Majed Shaheen (BS '17) and Larry Kalesinskas (BS '17) have analyzed the genome of a new L. crispatus strain isolated from a healthy individual in their recent publication in Genome Announcements.
  • The first genomes of Gardnerella species isolated from the bladder. Trina Sircar (BS '16), alongside other researchers at Loyola, explored the genic content of these important members of the urinary microbiome. The abundance of bacteriophage (viruses which infect bacteria) sequences integrated within the Gardnerella genomes suggests that phages may play a significant role in the microbial community dynamics of the bladder. More details about this discovery can be found within their article at PLoS One.
  • Andrea Garretto (BS '18; MS '19) is co-author on a publication describing the complete genomes of seven bacteriophage isolated from microbial communities from adult female bladders in Genome Announcements.