Submitted by Mandana Sassanfar of the Department of Biology
Department of Biology
"This virus strain that was isolated from the Charles river is able to grow on a lawn of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.
My goal is to expose MIT freshmen to what basic research is like by choosing a very simple model system (bacteria and their phages) and teach them various technical skills routinely used in molecular biology. Each student must identify a strain of bacteria that was isolated from the Charles river and attempt to isolate and characterize a phage that grows on the bacteria."