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Undergraduate Research in Microbiology

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Undergraduate researcher Maeva Metz and Astronaut Al Worden

Maeva Metz is the recipient of as Astronaut Foundation Scholarship   A junior microbiology major and molecular biology minor, Maeva is one of 38 students nationwide to receive the scholarship, among the most significant merit-based scholarships awarded to undergraduate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) college students.

Get the most out of your undergraduate microbiology training by getting involved in undergraduate research. Many Miami undergrads participate in research programs in Microbiology. Contact our faculty with research programs that interest you to explore the possibilities.


Development of a research proposal can help you focus your efforts and provide a roadmap for getting results. Check out some of the undergraduate grant opportunities that are available to help support your research.

Persistence pays!

These are some of the recent accomplishments and recognitions received by our undergraduate researchers.

Undergraduate publications

  • Feng M, Schaff AC, Cuadra Aruguete SA, Riggs HE, Distelhorst SL, Balish MF. (2018) Development of Mycoplasma pneumoniae biofilms in vitro and the limited role of motility. Int. J. Med. Microbiol. 308:324-334.
  • Ohneck EJ, Arivett BA, Fiester SE, Wood CR, Metz ML, Simeone GM, Actis LA. (2018) Mucin acts as a nutrient source and a signal for the differential expression of genes coding for cellular processes and virulence factors in Acinetobacter baumannii. PLoS ONE 13:e0190599.
  • Shang H, Garretson TA, Kumar CMS, Dieter RF, Cheng XW. (2017) Improved pFastBacTM donor plasmid vectors for higher protein production using the Bac-to-Bac® baculovirus expression vector system. J. Biotechnol. 255:37-46.
  • Fiester SE, Arivett BA, Schmidt RE, Beckett AC, Ticak T, Carrier MV, Ghosh R, Ohneck EJ, Metz ML, Sellin Jeffries MK, Actis LA. (2016) Iron-regulated phospholipase C activity contributes to the cytolytic activity and virulence of Acinetobacter baumannii. PLoS One 11:e0167068.
  • Garretson TA, McCoy JC, Cheng XW. (2016) Baculovirus FP25K localization: role of the coiled-coil domain. J. Virol. 90:9582-9597.
  • Springer TI, Emerson CC, Johns CW, Finley NL. (2016) Interaction with adenylate cyclase toxin from Bordetella pertussis affects the metal binding properties of calmodulin. FEBS Open Bio 9:25-34.
  • Beck HJ, Fleming IM, Janssen GR. (2016) 5’-terminal AUGs in Escherichia coli mRNAs with Shine-Dalgarno sequences: identification and analysis of their roles in non-canonical translation initiation. PLoS ONE 11:e0160144.

Undergraduate grants and awards

Undergraduate Research Awards - Spring 2018

  • Emily Konrad and Andrew Allison, "Optimization of Protocol for Fluorescent Staining of Chlamydia”, Joseph Carlin

University Summer Scholars - Summer 2018

  • Benjamin Keller, "Proteins Methanococcoides methylutens Q3c uses for Methylotropic Methanogenesis with Tetramethylammonium or Choline being the Primary Carbon Source", D.J. Ferguson
  • Justin Moon, "Evaluation of SLAMF9-expression Patterns in sita", Timothy Wilson

Howard Hughes Summer Internships - Summer 2018

  • Ashlyn Anderson, "Regulation of Phospho-Histone 3 Activation in Adenovirus Infected HeLa Cells", Eileen Bridge
  • Marie Claire Papamarcos, "Choline Degradation in Methanococcoides vulcani SLH33", D.J. Ferguson
  • Meagan Murphy, "Evalution of SLAMF9-expression Patterns in situ", Timothy Wilson

Undergraduate Research Awards - Fall 2017

  • Peter Brechting, "Examination of Proposed Key Enzymes Involved in Methanogenesis with Quaternary Amines.", D.J. Ferguson

Orton K. Stark Awardees - 2017-2018

The Orton K. Stark Award is given "in Recognition of Academic Achievement of the Highest Order and Efforts and Talents Reflecting the Learning Traditions of the Department of Microbiology." Recent recipients include:


  • Jana M. Cable
  • Clairissa A. Hansen
  • Rebecca L. Wyma


  • Brian V. Donohue
  • Blake J. Rasor