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About

Dr. Alvey’s research interests lie in the study of viruses of phototrophic prokaryotes, in particular, the freshwater Cyanobacteria and the Rhodobacteraceae. Recent work has focused on understanding the diversity of the bacteriophages that infect members of these two groups using genomic analyses of wild-caught isolates obtained by Illinois Wesleyan students. Now with our collection of more than 50 isolated and sequenced bacteriophages we are starting to explore how these viruses evolve and adapt to new hosts. Students working on projects in the Alvey lab utilize a variety of traditional microbiology and molecular biology skills as well as bioinformatics to explore these interactions.

Disciplines

  • Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Loss of Biliverdin Reductase Increases Oxidative Stress in the Cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002

    Schluchter, W. M., Babin, C. H., Liu, X., Bieller, A., Shen, G., Alvey, R. M. & Bryant, D. A., Oct 2023, In: Microorganisms. 11, 10, 2593.

    Research output: Journal ArticleArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • Models of classroom assessment for course-based research experiences

    Hanauer, D. I., Zhang, T., Graham, M. J., Adams, S. D., Ahumada-Santos, Y. P., Alvey, R. M., Antunes, M. S., Ayuk, M. A., Elena Báez-Flores, M., Bancroft, C. T., Bates, T. C., Bechman, M. J., Behr, E., Beyer, A. R., Bortz, R. L., Bowder, D. M., Briggs, L. A., Brown-Kennerly, V., Buckholt, M. A., Bullock, S. K., & 124 othersButela, K. A., Byrum, C. A., Caruso, S. M., Chia, C. P., Chong, R. A., Chung, H. M., Clase, K. L., Coleman, S. T., Parks Collins, D., Conant, S. B., Condon, B. M., Connerly, P. L., Connors, B. J., Cook-Easterwood, J. E., Crump, K. E., D’Elia, T., Dennis, M. K., DeVeaux, L. C., Diacovich, L., Duffy, I., Edgington, N. P., Edwards, D. C., Egwuatu, T. O. G., Eivazova, E. R., Fallest-Strobl, P. C., Fillman, C. L., Findley, A. M., Fisher, E., Fisher, M. R., Fogarty, M. P., Freise, A. C., Frost, V. J., Gainey, M. D., Garcia Costas, A. M., Garza, A. A., Gavin, H. E., Ghittoni, R., Gibb, B., Golebiewska, U. P., Grinath, A. S., Gurney, S. M. R., Hare, R. F., Heninger, S. G., Hinz, J. M., Hughes, L. E., Jayachandran, P., Johnson, K. C., Johnson, A. A., Kanther, M., Kenna, M., Kirkpatrick, B. L., Klyczek, K. K., Kohl, K. P., Kuchka, M., LaPeruta, A. J., Lee-Soety, J. Y., Lewis, L. O., Lindberg, H. M., Madden, J. A., Markov, S. A., Mastropaolo, M. D., Mathur, V., McClory, S. P., Merkhofer, E. C., Merkle, J. A., Michael, S. F., Mitchell, J. C., Molloy, S. D., Monti, D. L., Mussi, M. A., Nance, H., Nieto-Fernandez, F. E., Nissen, J. C., Nsa, I. Y., O’Donnell, M. G., Page, S. T., Panagakis, A., Parra-Unda, J. R., Pelletier, T. A., Perez Morales, T. G., Peters, N. T., Phuntumart, V., Pollenz, R. S., Preuss, M. L., Puthoff, D. P., Raifu, M. K., Reyna, N. S., Rinehart, C. A., Rocheleau, J. M., Rossier, O., Rudner, A. D., Rueschhoff, E. E., Ryan, A., Saha, S., Shaffer, C. D., Smith, M. A. V., Sprenkle, A. B., Strong, C. L., Sunnen, C. N., Tarbox, B. P., Temple, L., Thoemke, K. R., Thomas, M. A., Tobiason, D. M., Tolsma, S. S., Garcia, J. T., Valentine, M. S., Vazquez, E., Ward, R. E., Ward, C. M., Ware, V. C., Warner, M. H., Washington, J. M., Westholm, D. E., Wheaton, K. A., Wilkes, B. M., Williams, E. C., Biederman, W. H., Cresawn, S. G., Heller, D. M., Jacobs-Sera, D., Hatfull, G. F., Asai, D. J. & Sivanathan, V., 2023, In: Frontiers in Education. 8, 1279921.

    Research output: Journal ArticleArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • Expansion of Known Rhodobacter capsulatus Bacteriophage Diversity with 24 Additional Genomes

    Wilson, A., Molinar, J., Aldrich, J., Chintala, G., Smit, K., Miller, K., Bollivar, D. W. & Alvey, R. M., Dec 2022, In: Microbiology Resource Announcements. 11, 12

    Research output: Journal ArticleArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • Complete genome sequence of the anabaena myophage elbi

    Patel, R., Chen, J., Xu, J., Erdmann, E., Laughlin, Z. & Alvey, R. M., Jul 2021, In: Microbiology Resource Announcements. 10, 29, e00552-21.

    Research output: Journal ArticleArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • Genomic diversity of bacteriophages infecting Rhodobacter capsulatus and their relatedness to its gene transfer agent RcGTA

    Bollivar, D., Alvey, R., Rapala, J., Miller, B., Beatty, J. T., Russell, D. A., Garlena, R. A., Cresawn, S. G., Westbye, A., Hansson, M., Bockman, M. R., Dolan, M. & Garcia, M., Nov 18 2021, In: Plos One.

    Research output: Journal ArticleArticlepeer-review