Dr. John McKillip
<b>Department: </b>Biology<br><b>Research Area: </b>Antibiotic discovery from dairy farm-associated bacteria.<br>
Research Focus: Antibiotic discovery from dairy farm-associated bacteria.
Potential Student Project(s): Culturing bacteria from raw milk and other dairy farm samples. Screening bacterial isolates for production of metabolites (antibiotics) that impede growth of known pathogens. Chemical separation and purification of these antibiotic compounds.
Attributes/skills/background sought in undergraduate: Curious, motivated, and an advocate for underrepresented groups in STEM.
Mentoring Plan: Weekly research (hands-on) time in the lab between 5-10h including separate meetings centered on professional development and reading/critiquing of the scientific literature. Will also involve student in limited managerial aspects of the undergraduate microbiology journal Fine Focus. We will work together to have the teacher-scholar mentee be coauthor on a poster presentation at the 2024 BSU Student Symposium and a spring conference such as the Indiana Academy of Science meeting. The student researcher will work 5 h/week on the project including a 1-on-1 interaction with me for at least 1 hour/week.
Contact: 765-285-8820, FB 408