Two Northwestern State University students recently presented research at the Southcentral branch meeting of the American Society of Microbiology held at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. The meeting was attended by students and faculty from throughout Louisiana, Arkansas. and Mississippi.
Jordan Bringedahl of St. Francisville, a senior double majoring in biology and applied microbiology and chemistry minor, presented her work “Identifying Leptospira interrogens in ferral hog populations using MALDI-TOF.” Noah Baudoin of Shreveport, a senior majoring in applied microbiology with an environmental sciences concentration, presented his work on the degradation of acetaminophen under aerobic conditions. Bringedahl and Baudoin are members of NSU’s chapter of the American Society of Microbiology.
Both students work with Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Christopher N. Lyles, who also presented research on the plausibility of pathogen proliferation within elevated storage facilities. Alumnus Thomas Phillips, a current graduate student at Nicholls State University, presented his work on the biodegradation of the pesticide metribuzin.