Third Bio-Blog Post [2nd Semester BioMinds]

Like the last semester, I visited blogs of three of my BioMinds’ partners. I will talk a little bit of this experience and later update what’s happening with the investigation I’m being part of.

First I visited Wilmer Rodrigo’s Blog. His assisting Dr. Carlos Rios’ investigation about Hyper Saline Microbial Mats that we can found in Cabo Rojo, PR. He’s studying microorganism that grow at high concentrations of salt. Their goal is to identify at which concentration do this organisms produce antibiotics. He doesn’t explicitly informs which is the benefit of this investigation, but we can assume that it has to do with searching for higher production rates of antibiotics. I liked reading this blog because his language is simple and he goes to the point.

Second I visited Gabriela Rivera’s Blog. She’s assisting Dr. Jose Garcia Arrraras’ and Dr. Francisco Javier Ramirez Gomez’s investigation with Holothuria glaberrima, which is an invertebrate. They’re specifically analyzing genes that are involved in the inmune system. Gabriela’s mentors propose that the inmune system of invertebrates serves as an early model of the innate immune system of vertebrates. This study can contribute to the understanding of our own inmune system at the molecular level, which can later in the future yield new medical treatments.

Third I visited Tatiana Rodriguez’s Blog. She’s assiting Dr. Ariel Diaz from the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao. They’re investigation is about feather mites, they wan to identify unknown species of this organisms in Puerto Rico. The’ve already identified two new species and one is giving them some difficulties (which are not specified). They’re goal is to publish their findings to help in the undestanding of the fauna, which this organisms are a part of.

About the progress of my research this semester, I’m very excited. We’ve assembled the sediment battery (or MFC: microbe fuel cell) and have already some preliminary results which show that electricity production rate is augmenting. I’ve learnt how to assemble MFC and how to measure voltage with a voltimeter. Some obstacles have been to find a place where to leave the MFC because it produces an unfriendly odor, but the biology department at UPRM resolved this problem. Other than that this semester has been running really well. For next semester my mentor, Dr. Carlos Rodriguez, and I plan to assemble more MFC to produce enough data to overcome statistical error and identify the time at maximum electricity production. When we reach this goals next semester we’re going to get samples of the microbes growing in the anode and identify them with PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction). I think this are realistic goals for next semester.

Published by Priscila Rodriguez Garcia

Priscila is an enthusiastic gamer, scientist, and a very talkative person. She is interested in science communication, yeast genetics, and biomedical research. Priscila is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Molecular Genetics at The Ohio State University. She is also a Cellular, Molecular, and Biochemical Program Trainee and a Yale Ciencia Academy Fellow (class of 2017). She is happy to get in touch with people, so feel free to contact her!

3 thoughts on “Third Bio-Blog Post [2nd Semester BioMinds]

  1. Priscila, I am very glad that you were able to assemble the battery and have some results. I hope that in the next semester you achieve all your goals and get the results you are waiting for. Keep the motivation! Good work!

    Jesús Banchs López-UPRM

  2. My congrats about your project. I think this is very interesting for the fact of the duplication of the DNA without taking a lot of it. Keep doing this and my congrats about your goals.

    Alexis Rivera Pérez

  3. Esperemos que podamos superar esas dificultades y que el proximo seemestre sea uno de grandes logros.

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