Unusual BU collaboration leads to new publication
What do you get when you put a project manager with an electrical & electronics engineering degree, and a biochemist together in a lab? It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but nothing is further from the truth. Sometimes unusual interdisciplinary collaborations can turn out to be very productive.
This is exactly what happened when Shivangi Dubey, a BU employee in the IT Department, reached out to Dr. John Kyndt at the Science Department, and expressed that she had an interest in working on some real-life science projects. Together they started working on some of the ongoing project of bacterial genome sequencing at the BU Science Labs.
The collaboration turned out to be fruitful very fast. “Shivangi showed an honest interest and curiosity in the project and was very driven to accomplish results” says Dr. Kyndt. “From the start she described herself as a science enthusiast and a constant leaner. That made it real easy to teach her basic lab and bioinformatic skills”.
In less than two months after the start of the project, the team was able to publish a new article on the genome analysis of an unusual bacterial species. The publication was just released online in Microbiology Resource Announcements this week: Genome Sequence of the Unusual Purple Photosynthetic Bacterium Phaeovibrio sulfidiphilus, Only Distantly Related to Rhodospirillaceae, Reveals Unique Genes for Respiratory Nitrate Reduction and Glycerol Metabolism
Not only did they complete the genome of this species, the genomic analysis and comparisons also revealed the genetic reason behind the strict anaerobic nature of this bacteria and revealed unique metabolic pathways that will be the basis for further physiological studies.
“It all started when a research article on “Photoactive Proteins” by Dr. Kyndt caught my attention and out of curiosity I reached out to Dr. Kyndt to learn more about his research. He not only addressed my curiosity but also provided me an opportunity to learn from him and partner with him in his next research project. Dr. Kyndt has been very supportive and provided guidance throughout this research. I look forward to many more such opportunities to learn from him” Shivangi.
In an effort of continuous education, both Shivangi and Dr. Kyndt are currently taken an online course in Bacterial Bioinformatics, and are hoping to complete their Certificate in Bioinformatics from the University of Virginia in a couple of weeks.