Omak High School, Omak, WA
Department of Microbiology, University of Washington
Emma Noyes has joined the Microbial Observatory (MO) group in the summer of 2003 through the GenOM program, when she was still a high schools student. She carried out a project on enrichment and isolation of bacterial strains able to grow on methylamine from the sediment of Lake Washington. Emma has isolated and identified a number of strains, one of which represented a novel species of the genus Labrys, L. methylaminiphilus. This work was published in the Internationsl Journal of Systematics and Evolutionary Microbiology.
During her last year in high school, back in Omak, WA, Emma carried out a separate project, on characterizing methylotrophs residing on plant leafs collected in Omak, in close contact with the MO personnel in Seattle. Some of the necessary materials (such as microbiological plasticware, pipettes etc.) were shipped to her from Seattle, but growth media were prepared by Emma with the help of her biology teacher, and the autoclaving equipment was borrowed at a local dental office. Emma has isolated a number of methylotrophic strains and classified them by sequencing their 16S rRNA genes.
Emma joined the MO group again in the summer of 2004 and conducted research in detection of populations of microbes in Lake Washington sediment active in utilization of C1 compounds. She has learned such advanced molecular techniques as environmental RNA isolation, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction analysis, and stable isotope probing. This work resulted in a publication in Applied Environmental Microbiology.
In the fall of 2004 Emma has started as a junior undergraduate student in the Department of Microbiology, University of Washington.
Miller J.A., M.G. Kalyuzhnaya, E. Noyes, J.C. Lara, M.E. Lidstrom, and L. Chistoserdova. Labrys methylaminophilus Sp. Nov., a new facultatively methylotrophic bacterium from a freshwater lake sediment. Internat. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 2005, 55:1247-1253.
Nercessian, O., E. Noyes, M.G. Kalyuzhnaya, M.E. Lidstrom, and L. Chistoserdova. Bacterial populations active in metabolism of C1 compounds in the sediment of Lake Washington, a freshwater lake. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. In Press.