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About Us

Each semester, Tiny Earth at FAU consists of 192 non-STEM undergraduate students (in RI:BSC 1005L), five graduate teaching assistants, multiple DIR researchers, work-study students and one lab manager under the leadership of Diane Baronas-Lowell, Ph.D. Undergraduate students in the General Microbiology Labs (MCB 3020) (~100 students per semester) further characterize the unknown bacteria with the best antibiotic-production profiles. Together, we are searching for novel antibiotic-producing bacteria, and we are partnering with FAU chemists to isolate novel antibiotic compounds.

 


Research

Diane Baronas-Lowell. Broadening SWI Efforts at FAU. Presented at 5th Annual SWI Symposium, June 2018.

Alexis Martin, Paul Scesa, Shweta Singh, Alex Copeland, Lyndon West and Diane Baronas-Lowell. Discovery of a Novel Cyclic Depsi-lipopeptide Isolated from soil Bacteria in Palm Beach County, FL. Presented at 5th Annual SWI Symposium, June 2018.

Alexis Martin, Paul Scesa, Shweta Singh, Alex Copeland, Lyndon West and Diane Baronas-Lowell. Antibiotic Discovery in Bacteria from Palm Beach County Soil. Presented at FAU's 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, March 2018.

Diane Baronas-Lowell. Keeping Students on Schedule in the Antibiotic Discovery Process of SWI. Presented at 4th Annual SWI Symposium, June 2017.

Jayson Burkhardt, Noah Kaplan, and Diane Baronas-Lowell. Isolation and Characterization of Antibiotic-Producing Bacteria from a Soil Sample Collected at Florida Atlantic University Campus. Presented at the 4th Annual Small World Initiative Symposium, June 2017.


Funding

  • Special thanks to FAU’s Office for Research and Inquiry for Amy Donne’s Spring 2019 Grant.

  • Special thanks to FAU’s Office for Research and Inquiry for Diane Baronas-Lowell's Fall 2018 Curriculum Grant.

  • Special thanks to FAU’s Office for Research and Inquiry for Alexis Martin’s Summer 2018 Grant.

  • Special thanks to Tiny Earth for Alexis Martin’s Travel Grant to attend the SWI Symposium 2018.

  • Special thanks to FAU's 2018-2019 Tech Fee Grant Program.

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The Tiny Earth Team at FAU

Team Pic

Fall 2018 Inside PicFall 2018: Back: Amy Donne, Henry Chen, Valentina Goldberg, Maggie Elkin, Diane Baronas-Lowell Ph.D., Alexis Martin. Front: Vilte Butkute, Renata Rigueira, Tamara Fakhoury.

Fall 2018 Outside  

 

 

Fall 2018: (left to right): Eugenia Jimenez Alvarez, Valentina Goldberg, Maggie Elkin, Tamara Fakhoury, Vilte Butkute, Alexis Martin, Danny Farmer and Diane Baronas-Lowell Ph.D.

 

 

2018

Spring 2018: Back: Vilte Butkute, Maggie Elkin, Diane Baronas-Lowell Ph.D., Michael Kiken M.S., Tricia Don M.S., Noah Kaplan M.S., Shweta Singh Ph.D., Jayson Burkhardt. Front: Alex Copeland, Alexis Martin, Shane Rahilly 

 

 

Fall 2017 PicFall 2017: Back: Diane Baronas-Lowell Ph.D., Michael Kiken, Noah Kaplan M.S., Jayson Burkhardt. Front: Shweta Singh Ph.D., Maggie Elkin, Genevieve Liddle, Tricia Don