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Bacillus phage Chupacabra

Bacillus phage Chupacabra

Over 750 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 close to 5,000 undergraduate researchers participating annually.

So far, UMBC Phage Hunters have isolated, characterized, and archived 141 Actinobacteriophages and 300 Bacillus phages. Transmission electron micrographs taken by the Phage Hunters can be seen by clicking on the links prior.

Our undergraduate researchers have sequenced 54 phages, 26 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; fourteen 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 remarkable key note speakers, including several Nobel Laureates. All of our Phage Hunters who attended have presented posters at the SEA-PHAGES Symposia and seven have given presentations. Our undergraduate researchers have also presented their work at the UMBC Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD), and elsewhere.