Thienthanh and Ian participate in BIOTEC outreach event

This Summer, lab grads Thienthanh and Ian have been leading small groups of local high school students for BIOTEC, a week-long biology research experience at UCF. Their students came in for full days of learning and laboratory work. Together, they tested the maze solving abilities and response to environmental cues of slime molds. Students also attempted to detect “zombie ant fungus” infections in ants by extracting DNA and using PCR to amplify a pathogen-specific sequence in the genome.