aiFVs are go!

After a frustrating several months of trial and error, the team is back in action looking at sea cucumber aiFVs. We now have a validated method of detecting aiFVs in sea cucumber tissues – which involves the following steps: Tissue collection, preservation, RNA extraction and copy DNA (cDNA) synthesis Quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR (qRT-PCR) targeting… Read More aiFVs are go!

Congratulations Jordan!

Jordan has successfully completed his A-Exam! His project focuses on the role of microorganisms in seagrass health, focusing on microbial respiration, sulfide reduction/oxidation, and eutrophication. He will be collaborating with Bob Howarth, Roxanne Marino, Katie Haviland, and Melanie Hayn in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Cornell) who have performed long-term research in West… Read More Congratulations Jordan!

What does research in the era of COVID look like at the TAV?

… a little different. Work is undoubtedly a lot slower than the before times, but we’re still getting things done as best we can! Cornell restarted research labs in mid-summer 2020 after shutting down for nearly 3 months. To de-densify our building and ensure safety of all workers, each lab has a reactivation plan, which… Read More What does research in the era of COVID look like at the TAV?

The hunt for aquatic invertebrate flaviviruses begins!

The team has started work on our new NSF-funded project looking at aquatic insect-only (aka invertebrate) flaviviruses (aiFVs)! This exciting new direction seeks to understand how environmental variation drives viral replication within sea cucumber tissues. As part of this new endeavor we are trying to find out how widespread and how diverse these aiFVs are… Read More The hunt for aquatic invertebrate flaviviruses begins!