Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Rodney A. King, Dr. Jeffery Marcus, Dr. Sigrid Jacobshagen

Degree Program

Department of Biology

Degree Type

Master of Science


Bacteriophages affect bacterial evolution, pathogenesis and global nutrient cycling. They are also the most numerous and diverse group of biological entities on the planet [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. Members of the Lambda phage family share a similar genetic organization and control early gene expression by suppressing transcription, a process known as antitermination. Transcription antitermination in Lambda is mediated by a phage-encoded protein whereas in lambdoid phage HK022, antitermination is mediated by a phage-encoded RNA molecules. Recent results suggest that another bacteriophage called HK639 also appears to use RNA-mediated antitermination. To characterize this newly identified phage we generated site directed mutations and identified where the phage integrates into the chromosome of its bacterial host.


Cell and Developmental Biology | Genetics | Immunopathology | Molecular Genetics