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Three Minute Thesis 2013: Michael Peabody, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

June 01, 2013
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SFU's Three Minute Thesis finals took place on March 6, 2013. Michael Peabody (Canada), Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, spoke on "Towards Improved Monitoring of Watershed Health Through Identification of Microbial Markers."

Mike's current research is in his supervisor Dr. Fiona Brinkman's lab, where he works on a project which involves using metagenomics — sequencing all of the DNA in an environmental sample — to measure the impact of pollution on the communities of microorganisms. His research will eventually lead to the creation of novel tests that monitor changes in the microbial communities in order to detect pollution and pinpoint the specific source of the pollution.

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