Author Archive

Post 5: Final Thoughts about the Summer

By • Aug 24th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello again! Well, the summer is officially over. I’ve put in 10 long weeks of work and I’ve accomplished quite a bit. While this series of blogs has been focused on my honors thesis project, I’ve also been working on … Continue reading

The post Post 5: Final Thoughts about the Summer appeared first on Research – Temporal Dynamics of Viral Communities.



Post 4: Mini Prep Mayhem

By • Aug 24th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi All, To recap – I began the summer by extracting bacterial DNA from 0.22 micron filters that held bacteria from Lake Matoaka. I then amplified the 16s rRNA gene by PCR. These amplicons were ligated into plasmid vectors, transformed … Continue reading

The post Post 4: Mini Prep Mayhem appeared first on Research – Temporal Dynamics of Viral Communities.



Post 3: Transformation Nightmare!!

By • Aug 24th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi All, You’re probably dying to know the results of the transformation reactions that I set up last post! Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you all! As you can probably tell from the title, they … Continue reading

The post Post 3: Transformation Nightmare!! appeared first on Research – Temporal Dynamics of Viral Communities.



Post 2: Ligation and Transformation

By • Jul 7th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello All!! After several weeks of DNA extractions, I finally moved on to the next steps in my thesis research!! The end goal of my thesis project is to create a detailed profile of the bacterial communities in Lake Matoaka … Continue reading

The post Post 2: Ligation and Transformation appeared first on Research – Temporal Dynamics of Viral Communities.



Post 1: DNA Extraction

By • Jun 30th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi All, I realize that June is almost over and I haven’t posted any updates about my research. June has been a very busy month for me.  But, the bulk of my work has centered around the extraction of bacterial … Continue reading

The post Post 1: DNA Extraction appeared first on Research – Temporal Dynamics of Viral Communities.



Summer 2010 Introduction

By • Apr 19th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello Everyone!! My name is Dana Hardbower. I’m a junior and a biology major here at William and Mary. This is my fifth semester of undergraduate research. Welcome to the summer of 2010. I began this blog last summer to … Continue reading

The post Summer 2010 Introduction appeared first on Research – Temporal Dynamics of Viral Communities.



Post 5: Final Thoughts about the Summer

By • Jul 17th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi Everyone, Today is July 17, the final day of my seven weeks here this summer. I cannot believe it has gone by this quickly. It has been a very busy, productive and gratifying summer. I am honored that I … Continue reading

The post Post 5: Final Thoughts about the Summer appeared first on Research – Temporal Dynamics of Viral Communities.



Post 4: tRFLP

By • Jul 17th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello Everyone! You may be wondering what the point is of all of the work in the previous posts. Where does this research all lead? What is she trying to determine? Well, it all leads right here, to Terminal Restriction … Continue reading

The post Post 4: tRFLP appeared first on Research – Temporal Dynamics of Viral Communities.



Post 3: PCR (Problems Continue in Research…)

By • Jul 14th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello All,  As you may have guessed from the title of this post, sometimes research does not go as planned or as expected. We have recently begun Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) work as a part of our analysis of the community … Continue reading

The post Post 3: PCR (Problems Continue in Research…) appeared first on Research – Temporal Dynamics of Viral Communities.



Post 2: Water Sampling

By • Jun 22nd, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Uncategorized

Hello All,
 Again, sorry for the delay in updating my blog, but research has kept me very busy. Anyway, as the designated “water girl,” the first week of research was spent collecting water samples and processing them by different methods of filtration. The overarching goal of the filtration process is to concentrate viruses from eight liters […]