UHM SEA-PHAGES

Are you an incoming student who is interested in biological research? Now is your chance to jump in feet first. Consider joining the UHM SEA-PHAGES (Science Education Alliance – Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science) Program! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to join your peers working closely with faculty to perform hands-on research, all while completing your introductory biology laboratory credits. To find out more about the program requirements, and how to apply, follow the links below! 

The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa School of Life Sciences is excited to introduce the HHMI SEA-PHAGES Program. This is a two-semester, discovery-based, undergraduate research course. In the first semester, students will isolate and characterize new viruses from local soil samples. In the second semester, students will annotate the complete genome of their new viruses and conduct independent bioinformatic research projects based on their virus genomes. In both semesters, students will be required to take an introductory Biology lab and an independent research course.

Course Enrollment Requirements

In both semesters, students will be required to take an introductory Biology lab and an independent research course. To apply for the 2024-2025 UHM SEA-PHAGES program, you must be able to take BOTH courses during each semester.

FALL: You must be able to take BOTH of the following courses for fall:

  • BIOL 171L section 101 Intro to Biology I Lab, Tuesdays from 1:30-4:20 pm 
  • BIOL 499 Independent Research, Thursdays from 1:30-4:20 pm

SPRING: You must be able to take BOTH of the following courses for Spring:

  • BIOL 172L section 022 Intro to Biology II Lab, Tues from 1:30-2:45 pm
  • BIOL 499 section 025 Independent Research, Thurs from 1:30-2:45 pm
Newly discovered bacteriophage Makai .

Application

Please fill out the online application form here. If you are accepted into the program we will contact you with instructions on how to register for the required courses.

Placement Exams

Complete your required placement exams before registering for your courses. http://natsci.manoa.hawaii.edu/sasc/placement-exams/

UHM SEA-PHAGES INSTRUCTORS

Dr. Alex Culley

TBD

Phage Discovery

TBD

TBD

Phage Bioinformatics

Dr. Stuart Donachie

Professor

Phage Discovery

Dr. Megan Porter

Associate Professor

Phage Bioinformatics

Read more:

UH News: New discovery-based research curriculum for biological sciences launching at UH Mānoa

Agar plates are used to isolate new bacteriophages (middle) and cultured at different concentrations (left).
Students annotate newly sequenced bacteriophage genomes to identify genes and their functions (above).