Pilot Projects for undergraduate students:
Starvation adaptation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in water
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is well adapted for growth in low nutrient environments, however its ability to survive under stressful environments is not well defined. During space flight the immune system is affected my microorganisms including P.aeruginosa and poise a health risk. We recently initiated investigating the viability of P. aeruginosa growing in water without nutrients. On-going research is to identify and characterize the genes and proteins involved in long-term existing ability of P.aeruginosa under starvation conditions in water.