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Intro to R

2023-03-20T13:20:35-05:00March 13th, 2023|

R is one of the most commonly used programming languages in the biological sciences. In this module, students will use the ggplot package with R studio to visualize biological data with no past coding experience needed. Learning Objectives Students will download R Studio and the ggplot package on a local computer. Students will learn to [...]

Computation of Omics Data

2023-10-17T16:40:31-05:00March 13th, 2023|

‘Omics (genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, etc.) are among the fastest changing sciences and are increasingly important to virtually every discipline in biology. Understanding what ‘omics data is and how it is used is becoming necessary for a wide range of biologists. In this module, students will take their first steps into this field, they will even [...]


2023-10-17T16:39:21-05:00March 13th, 2023|

Optogenetics uses light sensitive proteins to modify expression and behavior of cells by exposing the cells to light within a specific wavelength. Using this technique, students will create photographs with light sensitive bacteria that will produce pigments in response to light! This module uses the Bactograph kit from bactograph.org.  An exciting and memorable STEAM project [...]

Bacterial Art

2023-10-17T16:39:07-05:00March 13th, 2023|

  Students will use genetically engineered bacteria producing fluorescent pigments to create art on agar plates. Painting with bacteria requires the strict use of aseptic techniques, understanding of bacterial growth rates and conditions that influence bacterial growth. This module uses Agar Art: Creating Masterpieces with Microbes Edvo-Kit #228 from the American Society for Microbiology. A unique [...]


2023-10-17T16:38:51-05:00March 13th, 2023|

CRISPR has quickly become one the most important and widely used tools in genetic engineering, thanks in large part to its ease of use and low cost. In this module, students will use CRISPR to modify the expression of LacZ to create an easily recognizable phenotype in bacteria colonies using Out of the Blue CRISPR [...]


2023-10-17T16:38:34-05:00March 13th, 2023|

ELISA (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay) is a widely used tool for detecting the presence of biological agents and even specific molecular markers on cells. It can be used to diagnose diseases, determine if food has been genetically modified, and to detect bioweapons attacks. In this module, students will use the Biotechnology Explorer™ ELISA Immuno Explorer™ Kit [...]

Wolbachia Rodeo

2023-10-17T16:41:43-05:00March 13th, 2023|

Wolbachia is an endosymbiotic bacterium that is necessary for the function of certain insects’ reproductive systems. In this module, students will collect samples and determine if Wolbachia is found in the insects that they collect using a portable PCR machine. Learning Objectives Students will learn to collect insects from the wild Students will learn to [...]

Mississippi INBRE Sponsors 2023 Mississippi Academy of Sciences

2023-08-02T10:40:09-05:00March 7th, 2023|

The Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) recently sponsored the 87th annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences Meeting (MAS) at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi, MS. Held on February 23-24, 2023, the meeting hosted over 1,200 attendees as well as over 800 STEM research presentations in both oral and poster format. Mississippi [...]

Mississippi INBRE Investigator Awarded by National Indian Health Board

2022-12-06T14:51:52-06:00October 7th, 2022|

Dr. Tammy Greer, Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Telenutrition Center Investigator and Director of the Center for American Indian Research and Studies (CAIRS) at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), was recently awarded the Area/Regional Impact Award by the National Indian Health Board at the 39th annual National Tribal Health Conference held [...]

Mississippi Outreach Scholars 2022 – Dakota Kilcrease

2022-12-06T14:36:25-06:00September 15th, 2022|

        Mississippi INBRE Outreach Scholar (MIOS) Dakota Kilcrease recently won the Overall Best Poster award in the research poster competition at Mississippi IDeA/EPSCoR Conference 2022 in late July. We interviewed Kilcrease about his summer research experience. From Powderly, Texas, Kilcrease is a 29-year-old OMS-II student at the William Carey University College of [...]

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