Faculty Profile: Rodriguez-Verdugo, Alejandra

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Rodriguez-Verdugo, Alejandra
Lab Contact:
Alejandra Rodriguez-Verdugo
alejanr1@uci.edu
(949) 824-3120
A MICROBIAL EVOLUTION
Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
3110 Biological Sciences 3

Research Description

The Microbial Evolutionary Ecology lab investigates how microbial communities respond to changes in their environment. Example of such environmental changes are rises in temperature caused by climate change or antibiotic treatments. We are particularly interested in understanding how interactions between different species and their environment shape how microbial communities work. More information can be found in our webpage: https://faculty.sites.uci.edu/verdugolab/

To achieve this goal, we combine diverse approaches:
1) we evolve simplified communities composed by two or three species (i.e. synthetic communities) in the lab for hundreds of generations;
2) we sequence whole genomes to explore the genetic changes underlying adaptation;
3) we visualise single cells using time-lapse microscopy coupled with microfluidics to quantify their physiological responses;
4) we analyse our experimental data using mathematical modelling, bioinformatics and statistics.

The types of actives and responsibilities performed in the lab are:

Preparing culture media (liquid and solid), preparing and sterilizing material for experiments
Applying standard molecular biology techniques (e.g. DNA/RNA extractions, PCR, gel electrophoresis)
Entertaining bacterial cultures: growth curves, transfers, counting colonies
Ordering supplies and keeping an inventory of laboratory equipment and supplies
Analyze data: microscope images, statistics
Participating in group meetings

Requirements to Participate

Students must be highly motivated, be a team player and be comfortable working with other students and postdocs from diverse backgrounds (including international students). Previous experience in a microbiology or molecular lab is highly encouraged but not strictly necessary.
Prerequisite: Bio Sci 93, Bio Sci 94
Recommended: Bio Sci 100. 3 - 4 hours per unit.

1 year Commitment.

Faculty Means of Evaluation

Attendance: 20Pts (working assigned hours, being on time)
Lab Work: 40Pts (quality, accuracy, complete notebook, safety)
Communication: 20Pts (Witten/Oral reports, questions and discussion with mentor)
Lab citizenship: 20Pts (collegiality, organization, clean up and follow through)
Total: 100 points