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Team including CC biologist Phoebe Lostroh awarded $1.2 million NSF grant

Colorado College Assistant Biology Professor Phoebe Lostroh is part of a five-scientist team that has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The NSF grant will allow the microbiologists to look at marine bacteria that form mutually beneficial symbiotic relationships with certain squid and fish, and to study how these bacteria respond to stressful environments created by the hosts' immune systems. Lostroh's part of the project is to identify and study Vibrio fischeri genes required for the bacteria to survive chemical assaults that mimic damaging agents made by host immune systems. Vibrio fischeri bacteria are capable of producing light, as evidenced by the approximately 100 colonies visible in the photo, which was taken without any external light source.

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