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Rachael graduated from Novi High School in Novi, Michigan. Rachael completed their senior research project by developing a method of detecting blastomyces dermatitidis in soil using PCR. This study lays the foundation for further studying blastomyces dermatitidis in soil samples from endemic regions in northern Michigan. Rachael is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. Rachael recently was selected to go to MSU to train in qPCR techniques and assisted in their cow bacteroides project. Rachael plans to attend graduate school in the future to study biochemistry.

Rachael Cunningham
2010 Outstanding Graduate
Forensic Chemistry

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LSSU chemistry students receive top awards in undergraduate student research
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Our graduates succeed!

We take great pride in the accomplishments of our graduates. Many have kept in touch with us over the years, a good indication, we believe of a great LSSU experience.

Recent graduates are currently enrolled in graduate programs at:

  • Syracuse University
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Texas A & M
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Wayne State University
  • New Mexico Technological University
  • University of Nevada (Las Vegas)
  • Montana State University

Other graduates are working in:

  • Pharmaceutical laboratories
  • Forensic laboratories
  • National nuclear laboratories
  • Government agencies
  • Chemical manufacturers
  • Major research universities
  • Analytical ;aboratories
1 of 24 From Across the Nation

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LSSU student, Jordan Ernst, was selected as one of only 24 students across the nation to participate in the American Chemical Society's “Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer School”. This award includes all expenses paid for travel, housing, tuition, books and supplies as well as a stipend. Jordan is our third student to receive this honor, and is a Ph.D candidate at Michigan State University. Nicholas Smith (LSSU graduate and Ph.D. 2010 University of Nevada Las Vegas; Postdoctoral fellow Argonne National Laboratory), and Tyler O’Dell (LSSU graduate and Ph.D candidate at Washington State University) both received this award previously. Gratulations Jordan, Tyler, and Nick!

Jordan Ernst, Tyler O'Dell, and Nick Smith

  

"Because of my undergraduate research performed at LSSU, I have received two scholarships from University of California, Santa Barbara. One was for travel to the University of California and the second was to present at an international workshop in Dilian, China."

--Andrew Robertson
LSSU Graduate

Character- ization of Yellow Pigments in Freshwater Flavo- bacteria

Ashley Ryckman

The yellow color of Flavobacteria is due to the presence of carotenoids and flexirubin-type pigments. These complex chemical structures have shown to produce antioxidant properties, as well as antibacterial activity. The KOH test and reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was used to characterize carotenoid and flexirubin pigment production in three strains of Flavorbacteria: FR 87, FR Y, and FR 93. Optimization of pigment and separation was performed by quant-prep HPLC. Separation of four pigment fractions from each strain was attained using semi-prep HPLC. Antibacterial activity of the pigment fractions was tested using a MTT Assay. Fexirubin biosynthesis genes, darA and darB, of related pigment producing Flavobacteria were used to compare flexirubin pigments in FR 87. The three strains were determined to produce the carotenoid, Zeaxanthin. FR 87 produced 13 flexirubin pigments, FR Y produced 14 flexirubin pigments and FR 93 produced 20 flexirubin-type pigments. It was determined that compounds in all three strains demonstrated antibacterial activity. The flexirubin biosynthesis gene, darA, is 89.9% similar to Flavobacterium johnsoniae, and 73.2% similar to Flavobacterium psychrophilum.

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