Magnetotactic bacteria

Magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) make magnetic particles so that they can navigate to specific oxygen levels within water or saturated sediment. MTB live all over the world and in a variety of habitats ranging from lakes to acid mine drainages. I began studying MTB during my undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester in 2014. My interest in these fascinating organisms brought me to the University of Utah for my PhD in 2015. For my PhD, I characterized MTB in the Great Salt Lake. Most of my modern MTB work involves field work, light microscopy, magnetic separation, transmission electron microscopy, and magnetic measurements. One of the best parts of this work, however, is the active collaboration with microbiologists specializing in MTB.

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Courtney Wagner, Ph.D.

Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow

Smithsonian Institution, NMNH

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