Characteristics of Bacteriophage Altwerkus

Characteristics of Bacteriophage Altwerkus

Field: Microbiology


Featured in Publication: Life Sciences PubMed


Altwerkus is a B1 subcluster Mycobacteriophage, a form of virus, that infects Mycobacterium Smegmatis, a form of bacteria closely related to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis.

Working under Dr. Emily Fisher and Dr. Joel Schildbach from the Biology Department at Johns Hopkins University, I discovered Altwerkus through direct plating and DNA isolation laboratory techniques. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute provided us with the opportunity to sequence its genome and annotate its DNA via the SEA-PHAGES Phage Hunting initiative.

Research Remix

Through the JHU Digital Media Center program, Research Remix, I was able to collaborate with art students from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) to create visual representations of my work.

The visual illustrations in this gallery were created by Lilian Crooks and Soojin Lim.


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