Tran B. Nguyen
University of California, Davis
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, June 2008
I am primarily concerned about foodborne bacteria and interested in researching how pathogens impact the food production/distribution in California. I am also interested in research on serotypes of waterborne and fecalborne bacteria distributed throughout Northern California area.
- Assist in conducting research projects of microorganisms transmitted through water, sediment, fecal such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Crypto etc.
- Process and prepare water for Giardia cyst and Cryptosporidium oocyst enumeration using the DFA technique
- Perform diagnostic methods such as membrane filtration for enumerating waterborne bacteria
- Ability to enumerate Salmonella using plating and spectrophotometer techniques in order to design growth curves for E.coli and Salmonella
- Be able to determine the CFU by measuring optical density and by plating on proper media
- Successfully introduce Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) into E.coliO157 for research purposes
- Detect concentrating water bacteria by performing Immunomagnetic Separation (IMS), Most Probable Number (MPN), and biochemistry analysis
- Skill in gram stain and acid fast stain
- Perform molecular methods such as PCR and RT-PCR for detecting specific serotypes and virulence characteristics for fecalborne and waterborne bacteria
- Perform generic fingerprint by using Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE)
Tracking infectious dose of E.coliO157 on young Calves