March 29, 2016
Kristin Burkholder, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biology, and Amy Deveau, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, along with UNE alumni Zachary Miller-Hope, M.S. (Marine Sciences), assistant lecturer of Marine Sciences, and Clay Bolduc B.S. (Medical Biology), Pharm.D. ’19, as well as students Erica Lloyd (Medical Biology, ’17), Jessica Meader (Medical Biology, ’17), Fallon Weiss (Biology, ’16) and the late Brandon Williams (Wheaton College, Biochemistry) published a manuscript in the journal Letters in Applied Microbiology.
In the article, the group reports that extracts obtained from the marine macroalgae Ulva lactuca inhibit the growth of clinically-important strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an important drug-resistant human pathogen. The authors also demonstrated that the inhibitory activity of U. lactuca extracts is influenced by lunar phase, suggesting that antimicrobial activity can be maximized by optimizing time of algal harvest.