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 in these environments is not well investigated. During space flight the immune system is affected and organisms such as P.aeruginosa poise a health risk. Dr. Belay recently initiated investigating the viability of P. aeruginosa growing in water without nutrients. On-going research seeks to identify and characterize the genes and proteins involved in the long-term existence of P.aeruginosa under starvation conditions in water.