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Evaluating the genetic diversity of the marine pathogen Vibrio parahaemolyticus

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Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a halophilic, estuarine bacterium that persists and proliferates in marine environments and concentrates in shellfish by filter feeding.  The bacterium is a human pathogen that can cause acute gastroenteritis, usually following consumption of raw or undercooked shellfish.

We are assessing genetic differences in populations of V. parahaemolyticus from different geographic areas with the goal of identifying markers of potentially virulent strains. The overall goal of the project is to gain a better understanding of the environmental as well as microbial genetic factors that promote proliferation by these bacteria in the environment.  Such information can assist in the development of risk assessment strategies as well as mitigation tools for their control.

 

 

Skills Required

Basic knowledge of biological science and general laboratory skills. Background in basic microbiology, and/or molecular biology, is preferred. The selected individual will assist other researchers in the laboratory with several molecular biology and/or genetic techniques.

Other Information

Internship Location: Marine Microbes and Toxins program. NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, 2725 Montlake boulevard E, Seattle, WA

Intern Supervisor: Dr. Rohinee Paranjpye / Number of slots available: 1

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