Mitchell Sogin Research Interests


We intend to direct a summer student research project that will explore the utility of a Covaris Adaptive Focused Acoustic system for both lysing microbial cells and releasing nucleic acids for next generation DNA sequencing. The student will also investigate whether this new technology is capable of releasing microbes strongly bound to marine sediments for the purpose of extracting DNA. The systems under investigations will include both mock communities made up a few different taxa and naturally occurring complex microbial communities. The goal is to eliminate the need for bead beating protocols that are laborious and time consuming relative to the rapid lysing capability of the Covaris system.