Undisturbed vs. Disturbed: Soil Microbial Diversity

Class: BIOL 0940G – Antibiotic Drug Discovery: Identifying Novel Soil Microbes to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Instructor(s): Dr. Toni-Marie Achilli

Student(s): Kriti Devkota, Lisa Nguyen, Alex Troullioud

“I felt that this CURE class was a very enriching experience, and I am very glad I chose to take this class.”

Kriti Devkota

“We were interested in studying the connection between diversity and antibody producing capabilities.”

Lexi Schecter


Our group studied soil microbial diversity from two different sites, one represented by Pembroke Garden and one from a construction site on campus. Our goal was to discover if there was a connection between the amount of soil disturbance and the amount of biodiversity. Though our lab research was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to further investigate our hypothesis using primary literature.