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Tyler graduated from Saline High School in Saline, Michigan. He has been an active leader at Anchorhouse Christian Fellowship. He completed his senior research on the use of microreactors to produce pharmaceutical precursors. He was the recipient of a GRO Fellowship for Undergraduates sponsored by the EPA. Tyler completed a summer working in Cinncinati for the EPA's National Risk Management Research Laboratory, and spent a summer in San Francisco with the American Chemical Society's Nuclear Summer School. Tyler will be pursuing his PhD at Washington State University in the Fall.

Tyler O'Dell
2010 Outstanding Graduate
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Christopher Heth

Christopher Heth

Assistant Professor
B.S.E. 1999, Minot State University
B.A. 2004, Minot State University
Ph.D. 2010, North Dakota State University



Alexei Iretski, Ph.D

Alexei Iretski

Professor
M.S. 1981, St. Petersburg Institute of Technology
Ph.D. 1984, St. Petersburg Institute of Technology

 

Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson

Assistant Professor
B.S. 2002, Northern Michigan University
Ph.D. 2010, Michigan Technological University

 

Megan Kelly

Megan Kelly

Assistant Professor
B.S. 2008, Arizona State University
M.S. 2010, University of Minnesota
Ph.D. 2013, University of Minnesota

 

Adam Mosey

Adam Mosey

Assistant Professor
B.S. 2003, Northern Michigan University
Ph.D. 2010, Michigan State University

 

Marshall Werner, Ph.D

Marshall Werner

Professor
B.S. 1993, Cornell University
Ph.D. 1998, University of Maryland, College Park

 

Derek Wright

Derek Wright

Associate Professor
B.S. 2001, Lake Superior State University
Ph.D. 2008, Rutgers University

 

Staff
Barbara Keller, Ph.D.

Barbara Keller

Dean, Professor
B.S. 1977, B.S. 1978, B.S. 1986, Idaho State University
Ph.D. 1995, Montana State University

 

Dave Myton, Ph.D

Dave Myton

Associate Provost, Professor
B.S. 1980, George Fox College
M.S.T., Ph.D. 1991, Portland State University

 

Benjamin Southwell

Benjamin Southwell

Environmental Analysis Laboratory Manager and Instrumentation Chemist
B.S. 2003, Lake Superior State University

 

Mary St. Antoine

Mary St. Antoine

Laboratory Manager
A.D. 1987, B.S. 1990, Lake Superior State University

 

Donna White

Donna White

Department Secretary (II)

 

 


  

"I can't tell you how much the chemistry faculty has helped me during the last couple of years. Tremendously is the word that comes to mind."

--David Beckman
Pre-pharmacy Graduate,
Attending Pharmacy School at Ferris State University

 

"I have especially enjoyed seeing undergraduates get involved in fairly high-powered research projects. Many of these projects are better than a typical master's thesis. For example, a former student of mine presented his data at a national meeting and was awarded the top student presentation. He was competing against numerous masters and graduate students at that meeting. LSSU's small size allows professors to work directly with motivated students and the faculty are truly interested in student success."

--Marshall Werner
Professor

 

Optim- ization of Salmon DNA as an Internal Standard for qPCR

Elaina Murray

The Escherichia coli species is a human fecal contamination indicator and as such is used in beach monitoring efforts. Quantifying E. Coli presence in local beach waters helps the health department determine if a beach should be closed. The current method of determination, Colilert, takes 18 hours to produce data. Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR), which measure genetic DNA, is also method used to quantify the number of E. Coli, but it can be done much faster than Colilert. In order to standardize the qPCR results, an internal standard is included which is salmon DNA. This project goes through the process of optimizing the salmon standard curve. Each of the components was modified and the resulting standard curve was analyzed for improvements; the primers and probe were purchased new and the concentrations were varied, the DNA was purchased new and the standard curve concentrations and dilution methods were varied, the DNA was cleaned with a Qiagen kit, and new master mix and bovine serum albumin were purchased and prepared. We found that changes to the concentrations of primers and probe and cleaning the DNA showed an increase of optimization, and that changing the dilution methods had no effect of optimization. A combination of the above modifications may be able to produce an optimized salmon DNA standard curve.

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