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Darrell Jay Grimes, Ph.D.
Recent & Current Graduate Students
- Nicholas F. Noriea III, Ph.D. student. Nick conducted a project that examined genetic variation in potentially virulent Vibrio parahaemolyticus from the northern Gulf of Mexico. He received his Ph.D. in 2012 and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the NIH/NIAID Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, MT.
- Amy Salamone, M.S. student, Amy conducted a project that looked at the biodiversity of bacterial and fungal biofilms on artificial reefs in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. She received her M.S. in 2012 and is now a Ph.D. student at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario.
- Allison Walker, Ph.D. student,is studying marine fungi of U.S. Gulf of Mexico barrier island beaches, with a focus on biodiversity, succession and sampling strategy. She received her Ph. D. in 2012 and is now a postdoctoral scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.
- Kimberly Griffitt, M.S. student, focused on improved detection methods for selected Vibrio species in seawater. She received her M.S. in August 2012 and is now a molecular technician at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS.
- Tracy R. Berutti, M.S. student, B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry from The University of Southern Mississippi. Tracy has finished her thesis research on the PCR detection of total Vibrios and Vibrio parahaemolyticus in shrimp aquaculture floc and she will graduate in December 2013.
- Corey D. Russo, Ph.D. student, B.S., Biological Sciences/Environmental Science, Minor in Religion California Lutheran University. Corey is working on the isolation andepidemiology of Dolphin Morbillivirus in bottlenose dolphins. For most of AY 2012 he conducted this work as an intern at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, MD.
- Shuo Shen, Ph.D. student, B.S. Biological Science, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, is beginning a project on the molecular detection of Photobacterium damselae subspp. damselae in marine fish and bottlenose dolphins.
- Rachelle Williams, M.S. student, B.S. in Biological Sciences from The University of Southern Mississippi. She is characterizing Vibrios associated with bottlenose dolphin blood and tissue samples. Her samples came from Barrataria Bay, LA and Sarasota Bay, FL and were collected by NOAA scientists. She has defended her M.S. exam and plans to graduate in May 2014.