Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kathleen A. Cornely, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Phages are viral bodies that infect bacterial hosts, and have shown promising applications as alternatives to antibiotics for the treatment of bacterial infections. This project examines the morphology of siphoviridae mycobacteriophage, which have long, flexible, non-contractile tails as well as the characteristic head, called a capsid. Using electron microscopy photos of sequenced phages, tail length and capsid diameter were measured and compared to further characterize morphological relationships between genetically distinct phages. The data presented has the potential to work as a diagnostic tool to classify unsequenced phages to genetically similar groupings, called clusters.
4-22-2020 12:00 AM