SCF Alumna Has Work Published in Scientific Journal

(Bradenton, Fla., April 20, 2017) — Fine Focus,a peer-reviewed journal for undergraduate research, has published an article based on a student’s work at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF). The paper, “Characterization of Prodiginine Compounds Produced by a Vibrio Species Isolated from Salt Flat Sediment Along the Florida Gulf Coast,” is the first peer-reviewed scientific paper based on student research at SCF’s natural sciences department.

The authors of the article published in the Spring 2017 issue of Fine Focus are Stephanie Morgan, Matthew J. Thomas, Katherine M. Walstrom, Eric C. Warrick and Brittany J. Gasper.  Fine Focus is an international microbiology journal for undergraduate research. The SCF research involved a unique organism Morgan discovered off Leffis Key.

After she transferred to New College, Morgan continued to work on this organism as part of Yale University’s Small World Initiative, which includes educators from institutions around the world and is designed to develop undergraduate research courses in antibiotic discovery. Other SCF students have continued research in biotech classes as well as in collaboration with Florida Southern College. In science publication, collaboration is key to gaining enough information to meet the standards of peer review. 

Morgan’s professors and mentors at SCF co-authored the journal. Thomas, who holds his doctorate from the University of Oregon, is director of the biotechnology program at SCF. Warrick, who received his doctorate from Purdue University, has been involved with the Small World Initiative through SCF since it was a pilot program.

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