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Staph Study

Overview

We utilize Mannitol salt agar (MSA), colistin-nalidixic acid blood agar (CNA), DNase, coagulase, catalase, and Gram stain tests to test for the presence of Staphylococcus aureus in samples obtained from the anterior nares of consenting adults. All S. aureus isolates undergo further characterization for methicillin resistance (MRSA) via Kirby-Bauer assay, and production of the following proteins involved in pathogenesis: alpha toxin (hemolysin), TSST-1, SEA, SEB, and SEC (superantigens). In order to understand the genetic distribution of these toxins the prevalence of the associated genes is also analyzed via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or whole genome sequencing (WGS).

1631

Swabs Collected

88

Undergraduate Student Researchers

107

Poster Presentions

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Meet Our Faculty

Taylor Mach, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Science Department Chair

Amanda Brosnahan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Staph Study at the MN State Fair

Collecting swabs in the Driven to Discover Building