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Exams, Science Art, and Learning!

In this blog post, I describe how I encourage microbiology students to draw cartoons about basic concepts in the course. I find that this approach promotes ownership, better comprehension, and gives me better insight into what the students are "seeing" in my class. Read More

Unknown Environmental Swab from Handrail

Out door wood railing was swabbed onto TSA and grown for 48 hrs at 37 degree's C, then allowed to grow at room temperature for 72 hrs the held at refrigerated temperature for a month. This is a close up of some of the organisms that grew. One was a white circular fungal colony with hyphae, the o... Read More

A variety of Lichens

Several species of Lichens seen on rocks in Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada after soaking rains. These are Crustose lichens that grow on the bare surface of the rocks are hard and etch the rocks as they grow crumbling the rock. Possible species seen (ie best guess from ID guide) are the y... Read More

Unknown Bacillus/Hand print

Unknown organism, possible Bacillus spp, seen on a hand print after hand washing. TSA plate was grown at 37 C for 24 hours then left at refrigerated temps for 4 weeks. Organism was a light brown and mat. The center of the growth was smooth with rhizoid like growth on the edges which were mucoid ... Read More

Table Top Swab III

Swab taken from the lab table top and incubated on TSA for 48 hrs, left at room temperature for 72 hrs then held at refrigerated temperature for a month. Pictured is an unknown isolated beige, mucoid colony. The center was raised and if the plate was tiled it would "drip". The edges of the colo... Read More

Floor swab organism/Swarming

Floor swab was done for a science project. One of the organisms seen was mucoid, opaque in color and had finger like projections (swarming) after growth on TSA at 37 degree's C for 48 hrs. Read More

Table top Bacillus

Swab taken from the lab table top and incubated on TSA for 48 hrs, left at room temperature for 72 hrs then held at refrigerated temperature for a month. Pictured is an unknown isolated colony, more than likely Bacillus spp, beige in color, dry mat with rhizoid growth in the center, lobate edges... Read More

Candida albicans Hyphal Growth

Candida albicans grown on YPD agar plates with a stringy appearance due to growth at 37 degrees C where hypha were induced. Read More

Happy Luxmas To All!

In this blog post, I reflect a bit on the ups and downs of 2016, then share some Luxmas themed art. Read More

Get the Fact through Virology Comics! (#WorldHepatitisDay)

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A variety of Lichens II

Several species of Lichens seen on rocks in Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada after soaking rains. These are Crustose lichens that grow on the bare surface of the rocks are hard and etch the rocks as they grow crumbling the rock. Possible species seen (ie best guess from ID guide) are the yello... Read More

Evidence for the Biosynthesis of Bryostatins by the Bacterial Symbiont “Candidatus Endobugula sertula” of the BryozoanBugula neritina

I thought this area of bryostatin study might spark your interest. It has the potential to treat cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Whether looking at the way the compound is formed in nature or the challenge of synthesizing the compound is fascinating.

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Cell in Love

Happy Valentine's day!
Love is scientifically proven! Look to this microscope picture I took of my heart-shaped HaCaT cell in love with Staphylococcus aureus !
Even our microscopic cells need love.. and so we do! Read More

Beautiful bacillus II

At the start of each semester students do environmental swabs. This was a swab taken form the bottom of a shoe incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then held at room temp for 48 hrs then held at refrigerated temp's. Seen is a beige matt colony, rhizoid and raised in the center edges fuzzy (not s... Read More

Lichen Fruiting Bodies

Lichen (Xanthoria spp) Fruiting bodies, disc like structures, seen on the shady side of tree in Santa Cruz, Ca. Read More

Santiria apiculata rhizosphere fungi from UKM forest reserve.

Fungi from Santiria apiculata rhizosphere grown on water agar, 14 days incubation period. With the same morphological appearances, there is a strong cross communication, thus creating zones of inhibition. Read More

Mushrooms

A large clump of Mushrooms seen int the leaf litter after heavy rain Santa Cruz, CA. The cap was beige/tan, smooth and started to invert, gills were not attached to the stem. Read More

Table top mix

Swab taken from the lab table top and incubated on TSA for 48 hrs, left at room temperature for 72 hrs then held at refrigerated temperature for a month. Pictured is a colorful mix of beige mucoid bacteria, orange and yellow mucoid yeast/bacteria, and white grainy fungi (possible actinomyces?). Read More

Yellowstone Caldera/Bacterial Mat

Bacterial mats, golden brown in color, seen at the outer edges of a geothermal vent/geyser. Cyanobacteria grow around 163 F or lower. Yellowstone National Park.
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When random artsy contamination strikes!

Lurking unbeknownst in the fridge, this plate harbored a variety of organisms, slowly making their appearances. After its discovery, the plate was incubated on the bench for a week as the colonies grew larger and fuzzier. Is that a shooting star colony in the upper left? Read More
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