Module 2 - April 8, 2023

Soil Microbial Chemistry by Sandra Loesgen, PhD

About Module 2 - Social Microbial Chemistry

About Module 2 - Social Microbial Chemistry

The Loesgen Lab is focused on understanding the diversity and bioactivity of the chemicals produced by microorganisms, with an emphasis on compounds with medical applications.

  • Curious to find out if there is a new antibiotic waiting to be discovered in the soil around the Whitney Lab, or how about your own backyard?
  • Want to learn hands-on how to extract compounds from soil?
  • Why it’s important to human health?

Then spend the morning with the Loesgen Lab extracting compounds from soil while discussing the importance of our current antibiotic crisis converging with Earth’s current soil crisis.  

Close up image of agar plates, pencils, notepad, scale


Preparing for the Workshop

Preparing for the Workshop

What to Expect

Participants will plate soil samples, analyze, and extract compounds.  

Items to Bring

  • Soil Sample - Important! For this workshop please bring a soil sample (one spoon is fine, from 1-2 inches depth of soil, sediment, or sand and place in zip bag, do not touch ) if you can - record the location with coordinates or description.
  • Drink / Snack: Please bring your own refillable water bottle and a snack for breaktime.
  • Clothing: Please wear closed toe shoes and comfortable clothing. The day will be a combination of sitting and standing, all activities will take place indoors. Individual lab rooms may be cool or warm, layering with a jacket or sweater is recommended.
  • Protective Layering: We will provide everyone with a lab coat, gloves, and goggles while working in the Chemistry lab. The Chem lab is also equipped with a fume hood

Where to Meet

Please arrive at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience at 8:30 a.m. to check in for 9:00 a.m. start time. The Center for Marine Studies building is the two-story building located behind the lab on the estuary. The workshop is held on the 2nd floor inside classroom #232. 

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