Esther Angert

Department: 
Microbiology
Office: 
157B Wing Hall
Phone: 
254-4778
My laboratory studies intestinal symbionts. One group of bacteria of particular interest is the Epulopiscium family. Some of these intestinal symbionts of tropical surgeonfish are among the largest known bacteria, with individuals reaching lengths of 0.6 mm. These cells also reproduce in an unusual manner. Instead of simply dividing, Epulopiscium spp. produce multiple internal offspring. We're interested in the cell biology of these and other bacteria. Specifically we want to find out how these cells are able to overcome the constraints that keep most bacteria small. We are also interested in the development of the unusual reproductive program seen in these and related bacteria. Microbiology, Bacterial cell, Molecular and Developmental biology, Microbial diversity, Microbial ecology, Symbiotic interactions
Research Interests: 
Bacteriology
Development
Microbiology
Molecular Biology
BioG 2990/4990 Credit: 
Yes
Paid Work Study: 
Yes
Paid Non-Work Study: 
No
Volunteer: 
Yes
Honors Thesis: 
Yes
Research Activities in Which Undergraduates Participate: 
Students in my lab gain experience in basic molecular biology methods (PCR, cloning, plasmid and genomic DNA extraction), microscopy and microbiology.
Approximate Number of Students in the Lab per Semester: 
3
Is There a Minimum Number of Hours per Week: 
Yes
If So, How Many?: 
9