Day1: Phage Discovery

Discover the hidden world around you! Join your classmates and other student-scientists from schools all across the U.S. and beyond in a hunt for phages — viruses that infect bacteria. 

  • Phage students working in the labDay1: Phage means meaningful and cohesive labwork
  • Phage group workWork in groups to explore the hidden world around you
  • Phage students working in a computer labLearn to use comprehensive and detailed analyses to understand your phage
  • A photo of a phageWhat is the significance of these microscopic phages and what potential do they have?
  • Phage student in the computer labLearn to use comprehensive and detailed analyses to understand your phage
  • Phage student and professor in the computer labQuestion and explore the world around you as you engage with your peers and professors
  • Phage students in the lab
Phage lab allows you to experience real research without intimidation

Since 2008, Hope has been a part of a select group of institutions across the world to pioneer the Science Education Alliance PHAGES program supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. As a member of the Phage Discovery community, you will learn how science is truly done through first-hand experience starting your first day at college, while building community with 20 outstanding first-year students at Hope. In the fall semester, you will learn to conduct microbiological and molecular research in order to isolate, identify and investigate novel phages. In the spring semester, you’ll investigate the DNA sequence and structure of your phage's genomes and compare them to the database of known phages. All students can present research results at local and regional meetings.

Community Details 

  • This two-semester cutting-edge research course in phage genomics (the study of the structure and evolution of phage genomes) is guided by Ph.D. faculty members
  • Program participants must enroll in General Biology I and General Biology II in addition to the Phage Discovery course for the full academic year
  • Phage Discovery labs replace your General Biology Laboratory I and General Biology Laboratory II lab requirements with a year-long lab course that offers you the unique opportunity to conduct research in a continuous and comprehensive lab experience

Faculty Mentors

Dr. Joseph Stukey and Dr. Aaron Best

stukey    Dr. Aaron Best