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MCB Seminar Series: Sophie Colston '16

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Storrs Campus

Sophie Colston, PhD ('16) Research Biologist/Microbiologist U.S. Naval Research Lab

Hosted by Joerg Graf

"Field forward sequencing in naval environments"

Summary: The U.S. Navy operates within diverse environments that spans both maritime operating areas and shore installations including deployed ships, hospitals, overseas medical research units, and emergent field laboratories. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has supported a number of research initiatives within these sites, including the employment of multi-omic approaches and analysis of the information gleaned from next-generation, high-throughput sequencing data such as genomics/metagenomics and transcriptomics to characterize discrete microorganisms or mixed microbial communities. In an effort to complement and expand current technologies and capabilities, NRL has taken advantage of the MinION’s portability and real-time data acquisition to facilitate sequencing in austere, non-traditional lab settings and/or in scenarios that require rapid responses.

About Dr. Colston: Following the completion of her BA at Boston University in 2000, she served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy for 8 years. After receiving her PhD from UConn in 2016, she was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at NRL for 3 years and became a full-time federal employee in June 2020.

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Molecular and Cell Biology (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, EEB Related Events, Physiology & Neurobiology

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