Professor of Biology, University of Louisiana at Monroe
ULM Biology Department • 323 CNSB • 700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA 71209 • U.S.A.
Phone: 318/342-1817 • Fax: 318/342-1790
Postdoctoral Study, Brookhaven Natl. Lab, Louisiana State University
Ph.D, 1980, Louisiana State University
M.S., 1977, Louisiana State University
B.S., 1974, St. John’s University, NY
Major Research Interests:
The genomics of Mycobacterium bacteriophage
As a member of Cohort I of the HHMI-supported National Genomics Research Initiative (NGRI), ULM has participated in the HHMI-Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Program for four years. Over one hundred students (~25/year) have benefited from the year-long inquiry-based research laboratory experience, and preliminary data indicate that the program has been successful in capturing student interest and that participation has translated into greater student success in the introductory biology lecture sequence. Furthermore, anecdotal evidence indicates that program alumni actively seek out ways to continue their research experience either by joining the research groups of departmental faculty or pursuing off-campus summer research internships. Based on its early success, we have continued to develop additional research opportunities for interest program students and M.S.-level biology graduate students that build upon the accomplishments of the freshman laboratory and contribute to the fundamental understanding of phage genome organization and gene function. Our laboratory is currently pursuing are variety of different bacteriophage projects including: lysogen testing for homo/heteroimmunity screening; pulse-field electrophoresis to estimate genome size; restriction digestion profile analysis for probable phage cluster identification; gene knockout experiments to determine the essential/nonessential nature of open reading frames; and, use of bioinformatics tree-building algorithms to explore the relatedness of Mycobacteriophage cluster/subcluster members.
W. H. Pope, et al., “Expanding the Diversity of Mycobacteriophages: Insights into Genome Architecture and Evolution, PLoS One, Vol. 6e, 16329 (2011).
P. Marsteller, A. Findley, K. Joplin, K. Nelson, K. Thompson, D. Usher and J. Watkins, “Quantitative Biology Faculty Institutes,” CBE Life Sci. Ed. 9, 165 (2010).
A. M. Findley, E. H. Weidner, K. R. Carman, Z. Xu and J. S. Godbar, “Role of the Posterior Vacuole in Spraguea lophii(Mircosporidia) Spore Hatching,” Folia Parasitol. 52, 111 (2005).
R. Buchholz, M. D. Jones, S. J. Hecht and A. M. Findley, “Investigating the Turkey Snood as a Morphological Marker of Heritable Disease Resistance, J. Anim. Breed. Gen. 121, 176 (2004).
E. Weidner and A. Findley, “Catalase in Microsporidian Spores Before and During Discharge,” Biol. Bull., 205, 236 (2003).
M. D. Jones, C. C. Locklear, R. Buchholz, S. J. Hecht and A. M. Findley, “Production of a MHC Class II B Molecular Probe for the Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, ” J. Appl. Genetics, 44(3), 369 (2003).
E. Weidner and A. Findley, “Peroxisomal Catalase in Extrusion Apparatus Posterior Vacuole of Microsporidian Spores,” Biol. Bull. 203, 212 (2002).
A. M. Findley, S. J. Lindsey and S. Watts, “The Impact of Religious Belief on Learning in the Science Classroom,” ERIC-Sci. Ed., ED460017 (2001).
C. M. Doffitt, J. M. Holt, E. H. Weidner, and A. M. Findley, “Early Carbohydrate Metabolism and Aerobic Enzyme Analysis of Spraguea lophii (Microsporidia),” S. E. Biol. 48(2),105 (2001).
E. Weidner, A. M. Findley, V. Dolgikh and J. Sokolova, “Microsporidian Biochemistry and Physiology,” in: The Microsporidia andMicrosporidiosis, M. Wittner, ed. (ASM Press, 1999) pp. 172-195.