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Over 730 UMBC undergraduates have participated in the SEA-PHAGES program since it became one of the first twelve initial institutions to pioneer the program in 2008. The program has since grown to include over 100 institutions with thousands of undergraduate researchers participating annually.

So far, UMBC Phage Hunters have isolated, characterized, and archived 80 Actinobacteriophages and 292 Bacillus phages. Transmission electron micrographs taken by the Phage Hunters can be seen by clicking on the links prior.

Our undergraduate researchers have sequenced 32 phages, 17 of which have been annotated and submitted to GenBank with UMBC Phage Hunters listed as authors. Links to these as well as publications featuring them can be found in the Publications section.

Communicating science is a large part of the SEA-PHAGES program; ten of our Phage Hunters have attended the annual SEA-PHAGES Symposium at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus, where many have had the chance to listen to and meet Nobel Laureate speakers. All of our Phage Hunters who attended have presented posters at the SEA-PHAGES Symposia and five have given presentations. Our undergraduate researchers have also presented at the UMBC Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD).

  • Homemade Phages

    Instructions for making paper phage
    Instructions for making paper phages:  Courtesy of Siân Owenof the University of Liverpool
    Posted: October 28, 2017 1:44 PM
  • Phirst Phage Photos

    The first microphs are in, and they look great!
    Our first phage images feature viruses that infect Bacillus thuringiensis and viruses that infect Streptomyces scabiei. Here are some of their portraits: Bacillus phages...
    Posted: October 5, 2017 10:55 AM
  • New Phage Hunter Publication!

    Phage Pub by your Peers!
    Congratulations to the 2016 UMBC Phage Hunters on their first two publication: Erill I, Caruso SM, 2016 UMBC Phage Hunters. 2017. Complete genome sequences of three phi29-like Bacillus cereus...
    Posted: July 21, 2017 8:48 AM
  • 2017-2018 Phage Hunter T-Shirt

    What will the new shirt look like? Only one of you know!
    Who knows what next year's UMBC Phage Hunter's shirt will look like? Only one imaginative and inspired hunter knows right now. But we'll all see, soon enough. The 2014 - 2016 designs. What's...
    Posted: July 10, 2017 10:15 AM
  • Congratulation 2015 Phage Hunters

    2015 UMBC PhageHunters Publish 1st of 2 Genome Announcements
    Congratulations to the 2015 UMBC Phage Hunters! The genome announcement: Genome Sequence of Bacillus cereus Group Phage SalinJah is now available here: doi:...
    Posted: September 29, 2016 11:28 AM
  • Undergrad Researchers in Bio and Chem Symposium Deadline

    Abstract deadline is Wednesday September 21st
    The 19th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in  the Chemical and Biological Sciences abstract deadline is next week, Wednesday, September 21st. The symposium will be held on Saturday,...
    Posted: September 13, 2016 3:47 PM
  • The 2016 Phage Hunt Begins: The Great Phage Wars

    Which side will you choose?
    Like the nation, Phage Hunters is a class divided. #TeamBacillus or #TeamStreptomyces? Which side will you support in the #PhageWars? Labs start Tuesday! You can connect with the UMBC Phage...
    Posted: September 3, 2016 12:07 PM