"A strong feeling of adventure is animating those who are working on bacterial viruses, a feeling that they have a small part in the great drive towards a fundamental problem in biology".
—Max Delbrück, 1946
Welcome to the VCU Phage Lab Wiki!
We are part of the SEA PHAGES program, a nation-wide program initiative sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Hatfull Lab at University of Pittsburgh to change the way we teach introductory science courses. Similar courses are taught at 80+ universities and high schools across the country. We were lucky to host a regional symposium at VCU, with guests from 4 universities and one highschool...and all of them love phages!
In the Phage Lab course (BNFO 251/252 Phage Discovery I/II) you will learn how to undertake scientific research through the discovery and characterization of bacteriophages (viruses infecting bacteria). The students in the fall course (BNFO 251) are 'phage hunters'. They discover and characterize their own virus using wet lab techniques. The students in the spring course (BNFO 252) learn bioinformatics by exploring bacteriophage genome sequences through genome annotation and comparative genomics projects.