Graduate Sydney Robertson publishes two more papers.

Sydney Robertson, a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Biology program, recently has had two papers accepted for publication.

Robertson’s paper “Whole-genome sequence of a novel Elioraea species, isolated from a Yellowstone National Park hot spring”, has been published in Microbiology Resources Announcements (MRA), and the paper “Whole-Genome Sequences of the Purple Nonsulfur Photosynthetic Bacteria Rhodobacter capsulatus SP108 and SL Reveal a Need for Reclassification of the Genus” will be published in an upcoming issue of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Journal (MIP).


Sydney Robertson showing off her Illumina swag after completing several successful runs and publishing four genome papers.

It’s a very accomplished feeling doing something outside your comfort zone. I have now a whole new skill set I didn’t even think was possible” Robertson mentioned.

Robertson is the lead author on both papers and collaborated with Dr. Terry Meyer from the University of Arizona and Dr. Robert Ramaley from UNMC.

The experience I had was more than just helpful in the classroom. I was able to collaborate with the professors and other institutions, really learning how to communicate effectively”, she commented. Robertson had previously also published another paper in collaboration with fellow student Shawn Freed. These papers were made possible because of the in-house Illumina Next Generation sequencing that can be done at the BU Science Labs, and the Wilson Enhancement Fund for Applied Research at BU.

The commitment that Sydney has shown for this sequencing project has really paid off. Her enthusiasm and positive attitude kept her engaged and has allowed her to complete these publications even after she graduated earlier this year,” said Dr. John Kyndt, a Professor in the College or Science and Technology and Sydney’s mentor on these projects. “It’s great to see this kind of drive for scientific discovery in our students. I am sure these publications will help her with her future applications to graduate schools or programs.”

Are you a BU Biology student interested in doing some research or learning Next Gen sequencing yourself? Contact one of the professors at the BU Science labs and we’ll be happy to get you involved!

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