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Ouachita students that have participated in the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education and the National Center for Toxicological Research.

Summer, 2013

Willis, Kelsey.  Production of alpha toxin and toxic shock syndrome toxin-1 by menstrual toxic shock syndrome clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus.  Currently Kelsey is finishing her senior year at Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas with a 3.97 GPA in chemistry with a minor in biology.  She will be attending the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy this fall (2014).

Presentations –

  • Willis, K.B., and M.E. Hart.  2014.  Determination of toxic shock syndrome toxin-1 and alpha toxin production in menstrual toxic shock syndrome (mTSS) clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus.  Presented at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, March 16-20, Dallas, Texas.

Summer, 2012

 

Stanford, Taylor.  The effect of spent media isolated from Lactobacillus plantarum WCFS1 on biofilm formation by Staphylococcus aureus.  Currently Taylor is finishing her senior year at Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas with a 3.9 GPA in chemistry.  She will be attending the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy this fall (2013).

Presentations –

  • Stanford, T., H. Liu, and M.E. Hart.  2013.  Effect of spent media isolated from Lactobacillus plantarum WCFS1 on biofilm formation by Staphylococcus aureus.  Abstract accepted for presentation at the 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, April 7-11, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Summer, 2010

 

Barnette, Dusty.  Does the post-exponential sigma factor (sigB) regulate hyaluronidase expression in Staphylococcus aureus?  Dusty also did a 2nd summer (2011) in the Division of Microbiology with Dr. Steve Foley.  Dusty graduated from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas with a B.S. degree (4.00 GPA) in Biology and Chemistry 2012.  Currently Dusty is employed as a Microbiologist by the Quality Sausage Company in Dallas.  His career goal is to enter the Medical Illustrator Graduate Program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

Presentations –

  • Barnette, Dustyn A., and M. E. Hart.  2011.  The effect of the SigB transcriptional regulator on hyaluronidase regulation in Staphylococcus aureus (Poster 442).  Presented at the 241st American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, March 28, 2011, Anaheim, California.
  • Barnette, Dustyn A., and M.E. Hart.  2010.  The effect of SigB transcriptional regulators in hyaluronidase regulation in Staphylococcus aureus.  Presented at the Arkansas INBRE Research Conference (October, 2010), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Harper, Drew.  Can hyaluronic acid be used as a carbon and energy source by Staphylococcus aureus?  Drew graduated from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas in May, 2011 with a B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry.  He is currently attending the Physician’s Assistance Program at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.

 

Presentations –

  • Harper, D.W., and M.E. Hart.  2010.  In vitro growth of Staphylococcus aureus and its hyaluronidase (hysA) mutants in a chemically-defined medium supplemented with hyaluronic acid.  Presented at the Arkansas INBRE Research Conference (October, 2010), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Summer, 2009

 

Dicus, Sandy L.  Toxic shock syndrome toxin-1 (TSST-1) expression by Staphylococcus aureus in a modified genital tract secretion medium.  Sandy graduated from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas in May, 2009 with a B.S. degree in Biology.  She is currently serving as a missionary in Mumbai, India.

 

Lane, Stacie L.  Toxic shock syndrome toxin-1 (TSST-1) expression by Staphylococcus aureus grown in the presence and absence of spent media isolated from Lactobacillus plantarum.  Stacie graduated from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas in May, 2009 with a B.A. degree in Biology and Spanish.  She will be attending the Louise Herrington School of Nursing of Baylor University in Dallas, Texas in the Fall of 2013.

 

Ward, James A.  Hyaluronidase gene (hysA1 and hysA2) expression in Staphylococcus aureus.  James graduated from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas in May, 2012 with a B.S. degree in Biology.  James plans to attend medical school.

 

Summer, 2009

 

Hart, Morgan J.  The use of a hyaluronidase assay to differentiate Staphylococcus aureus from coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS).  Morgan graduated from the School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) with a B.S. degree in Nursing in May, 2011 (spent the first two years at OBU as part of the joint OBU/UAMS Nursing Program).  She is currently employed by UAMS as a nurse in the cardiovascular ICU.  Her career goals are to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

Presentations –

  • Hart, M.J., A.J. Roop, and M.E. Hart.  2008.  Phenotypic and genotypic assessment of hyaluronidase among the staphylococci.  Presented at the Joint Fall Meeting of the Texas and South Central Branches of the Amer. Soc. Microbiol., University of Texas at Austin, November 9-11, 2008.

Publications –

  • Hart, M.E., M.J. Hart, and A.J. Roop.  2009.  Genotypic and phenotypic assessment of hyaluronidase among type strains of a select group of Staphylococcal species.  Inter. J. Microbiol.  Volume 2009, Article ID 614371.
  • Hart, M.E., L.A. Tsang, J. Deck, S.T. Dailey, R.C. Jones, M.J. Hart, and M.S. Smeltzer.  2013.  Hyaluronidase expression and biofilm formation in Staphylococcus aureus UAMS-1 and its sarA, agr, and sarA agr regulatory mutants.  Microbiology 159:782-791.

Kay (Roop), Anna J.  Genetic analysis of staphylococcal species for the presence or absence of the hyaluronidase gene (hysA).  Anna also did a 2nd summer (2010) in the Division Neurotoxicology with Dr. Larry Schmued.   Anna graduated from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas in 2010, got married and is currently a homemaker.

Presentations –

  • Hart, M.J., A.J. Roop, and M.E. Hart.  2008.  Phenotypic and genotypic assessment of hyaluronidase among the staphylococci.  Presented at the Joint Fall Meeting of the Texas and South Central Branches of the Amer. Soc. Microbiol., University of Texas at Austin, November 9-11, 2008.

Publications –

  • Hart, M.E., M.J. Hart, and A.J. Roop.  2009.  Genotypic and phenotypic assessment of hyaluronidase among type strains of a select group of Staphylococcal species.  Inter. J. Microbiol.  Volume 2009, Article ID 614371.

 

 

 

Ouachita students that have participated in the Summer Research Program with the Patterson Summer Research Program, BRIN / INBRE program, NASA funding or the Ouachita Water Lab.

 2001                                                                                                                     

Janelle Lyon, Anna Stuckey, David Thomas, Michael Tinker, Ryan Friedman, Hannah Hays, Tristan Harry, Blake Johnson, Levi Simpson

2002

Marcus Costner, Charles Robinson, Sean Townsend, Erin Green

2003

Bethany Murry, Jeff Hatton, Lyndsey Hawkins, Josh Tolleson, Daniel McNair, Kyle Johnson, Stephanie Moulton, Amy Hewlett, Angela McDonald

2004

Brent Smith, Michael Dyer, Matt Bridwell, Jon Barham, Marc Ward, Josh Spore, Jessica Baima, Jamie McCampbell

2005

Jessica Head, Nicholas Shull, Ryan Laddusaw, Joshua Richards, Matthew Lozeau, Matthew Stewart, Jared Brown, Sarah Optiz, Remy Ngwanyam, Cameron Tull,  Aubrey Smith, Mandy Sample, Amber Prescott, Heather Ferguson, Emily Evans, Adam Hurst, Bryce Faulkner

2006

Nikki Cosh, Adam Massey, Tim Ransom, Amanda Berry, Drew Kurosaki, Grant Jackson, Sarah Hart, Brooke Stroope, Andrea Wyatt, Brittany Williamson

2007

Cliff Conine, Rachel Brown, Natalie Lemons, James Riddle, Tyler Sanford, Sarah Bridges, Britni Cartillar, Michael Wainscott, Allison Hollis, Sara Jane Love

2008

Abby Brumley, Dax Demaree, Blake Lockwood, Austin Phillips, Rebekah Stewart, Zane Henley, Drew Cason, Kenley Singleton, Rachel Hardin                                                                                                                     

2009

Victoria Adams, Celeste Bird, Rebecca Casey, Kasa Cooper, Max Ford, Dustin Howard, Chris Hull, Charles Hunter, Nicholas Tinnesz, Matt Deel, Jason Hill, John Sims, Alex Hargis, Stacie Lane, Grace Whitaker, Lauren Nelson, Daniel Cayce, Tim Sowder, James Ward

2010

Allie Baldwin, Chris Chandler, Kendra Gann, Tanner Hammond, Whitley Hoppe, Gannon Lindsey, Jeremiah Nugent, Lindsey Pearson, Zach Sparks, Emily Coffman, Amy Wood, Colmon Massey, Amy Guiomard, Jacob Lively, Kimberly Carlton

2011

Katelyn Mustain, Vikki Bennett, Jessica Fleeman, Valerie Nickel, Meg Coffman, David Pennington, Dexter Barksdale, Lauren Carr, Stefani Perry, Mikki Gaines, Jessica Winston, Abby Dekle, Nolan West, Cara McKinney, Lauren DeWitt, Joseph Levy, Hollyn McCarty, Tanner Simon, Tyler Simon

2012

Taylor Neeley, Kristin Johnson, Skylar Hearron, Cara Cox, Amberly Green, Colby Petty, Stephen Raines, Kelsey Willis, Amelia Lyndsey, Caroline Gill, Sara Huneycutt, Drake Hardy, Tim Horton, Shelby Cobb     

2013

Pete Brunson, Elise Teel, Megan Scarbrough, Tyler Files, Brianne Baley, Hannah Nolan, John Butler,  Kirby Von Edwins, Will Wooten, Drake Hardy, Jessie Meyer, Laura Strossner, Mallory Burroughs, Jace Bradshaw, Mary Wolf, Trinity Dial