Ebtihal Alshabib, PhD
Many bacteria have the ability to uptake DNA from the environment, this phenomenon termed “natural competence”. I’m interested in studying the genetic induction and regulation of natural competence in Salmonella and E. coli. Additionally, I’m interested in studying the metabolism of oil-degrading organisms.
My research focused on studying the genes involved in maintaining a functional cell envelope in the pea-lentil nodulating bacteria Rhizobium leguminisarum and identifying the genes/genetic networks needed for survival fitness of rhizobia to interact with the signal peptides like NCRs produced by the host legume plants. To conduct my research I applied a high throughput genetic screening technique, Insertion Sequencing or INSeq, which helped us to reveal essential genes in rhizobia for a given condition.
Supriya Bhat, PhD
Supriya worked on an industry collaborative postdoctoral project with Lallemand Plant Care in the Yost Lab. Her project was aimed at understanding the genetic networks of a plant growth promoting bacteria and its potential role in assisting with iron acquisition in Soybean using transcriptomics. Supriya also spent time in the Cameron lab, where she worked on many projects that broadly focused on understanding the mechanisms of multi-drug resistance and competence systems in Enterobactericeae using next-generation sequencing technologies such as Illumina and Oxford-Nanopore.
Jordyn Bergsveinson, PhD
Jordyn was a microbial ecologist with the IMSS group and works to design, develop, and support projects that analyze microbial communities. Her academic and industry experience includes work with environmental bioremediation, industrial fermentation, and microbial food spoilage.
Claire Freeman, PhD
Morgan Kirzinger, MSc
Ben Perry, MSc
My research focused on understanding why and how bacteria are able to enhance plant growth. Specifically, I was interested in determining the mechanism of plant growth promotion of a particular bacteria that improves the yield of rice. I used radionuclides and position emission tomography (PET) to quantify, visualize and track nutrient allocations in plant systems to gain a better understanding of the plant-microbe interactions taking place.
Dinah Tambalo, PhD
My research focuses on measuring the changes in the rhizosphere microbial community of peas and lentils in response to an infection caused by Aphanomyces euteiches. This pathogen is persisting in Saskatchewan fields with very few methods for control. Within my research, I hope to find a microbial community that impacts, by either inhibiting or enhancing, the infection severity of A. euteiches.