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Jeffrey Gardner

Jeffrey Gardner

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Our lab is focused on understanding the metabolism and physiology of bacteria, specifically how they sense their environment and obtain energy. We use the soil bacterium Cellvibrio japonicus to study how microbes in the soil detect and degrade complex polysaccharides. Our lab uses the interdisciplinary approaches of molecular genetics (transcriptomics), classical bacterial genetics, and biochemistry. By uncovering the mechanisms of complex polysaccharide degradation by bacteria we hope to: (1) Determine how bacteria are able to sense complex polysaccharides as nutrients, (2) Understand how the degradation of complex polysaccharides is regulated, (3) Elucidate unknown gene function in the context of complex polysaccharide degradation, and (4) Engineer useful properties into bacteria that may have industrial applications.

Vodka won't protect you from coronavirus, and 4 other things to know about hand sanitizer

Mar 16, 2020 06:40 am UTC| Health

Editors note: As concern about coronavirus grows, hand sanitizer is in high demand. Biologist Jeffrey Gardner explains why alcohol is a key ingredient in hand sanitizer, and why he doesnt recommend making your own supply...

Funding basic research plays the long game for future payoffs

Aug 08, 2018 13:38 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The Senate recently proposed to increase the research budgets of the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and NASA. While this is encouraging to the many scientists whose research is dependent on...

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Economy

The drop in GDP rankings came as South Korea posted a nominal economic growth rate of 1.4 percent in 2019

South Korea produced a nominal gross domestic product (GDP) valued at US$1.64 trillion in 2019 to rank 10th globally, down two spots from 2018. The data was based on the Organization for Economic Cooperations (OECD)...

Migrant workers make up over 90 percent of Singapore's COVID-19 cases.

Industry groups in Singapore warned that a reduction in foreign workers would have numerous implications on the economy. They were reacting to a call for a change of policies with migrant workers making up over 90...

The drop was attributed to the lockdown-generated decline in the number of outbound travelers.

Overseas card spending by South Koreans reached US$3.6 billion in the first quarter, plunging 23 percent from the $4.68 billion expenditures in the same period last year. It was the sharpest year-on-year drop in...

The country's car production plunged over 90 percent duirng the pandemic.

The French government is infusing over $8.8 billion to save the countrys car industry from huge losses brought about by the lockdowns. The countrys car production plunged over 90 percent duirng the pandemic. French...

The surge in net income was due to increased interest income

South Koreas 79 savings banks reported a combined net income of 246.3 billion in the first quarter, rising 19.4 percent year-on, according to the data from the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS). The surge in net...

Politics

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Donald Trump might deploy the military if states can’t deal with violent protesters

President Donald Trump threatened on Monday that he will use military force if states cant stop violent protests on their own. The Presidents threat came as demonstrations across the country to protest the death of George...

Donald Trump postpones in-person G7 Summit in Washington

Despite the continuous number of cases and deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, President Donald Trump is still keen on pushing for things to go back to normal. Trump announced that he has postponed...

Melania Trump faces backlash in latest Twitter update about the protests

The protests following the murder of African-American George Floyd at the hands of police officers has sparked chaos over the weekend. As First Lady Melania Trump attempted to give her thoughts on the chaos on social...

Donald Trump declares ANTIFA as a terrorist organization

In the midst of rising numbers from the coronavirus in the United States comes the unrest coming from violent protests that have occurred in a span of a few days. Following these protests, President Donald Trump has...

Science

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Throughout history, the Roman Empire was among the most famous empires to have been established. Archaeologists have recently been able to shed more light on its history upon discovering several shipwrecks in the eastern...

Archaeologists find 18th century English shipwreck off the coast of Mexico

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Black hole: NASA spots a black hole ejecting hot material into deep space

Although black holes generally consume material in space and everything that comes close to it, there are instances when material is also ejected out of the black hole. Recently, NASA was able to capture one particular...

Scientists find the first pterodactyl fossils in the United Kingdom

Many dinosaur fossils have been discovered in other parts of the world. However, a discovery on the Isle of Wight reveals the first pterodactyl found in the United Kingdom. Express reports that a fossil hunter found an...

Technology

Why ‘The Sims 5’ is still unlikely getting announced at EA Play Live 2020

Fans have been anticipating many video game trade shows this year, including EA Play. Its format will be different given the COVID-19 crisis, but the event will still push through. However, any sort of announcement about...

‘PUBG Mobile’ will have an original map that features monster trucks and P90

Anyone who has been following updates about PUBG Mobile would know that Tencent was recently hinting at a major map reveal. More details were recently unveiled as the secret map debuted in beta. PUBG Mobile will have a...

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After months of the rumor mill churning plenty of details about the still unannounced Pixel 4a, smartphone fans seem to be in unison now in no longer hoping for a Pixel 4a XL. The bigger version of the mid-range device,...

iOS 14 could finally allow movable widgets on the home screenshot

Many loyal iPhone users would say the one reason they choose this device is because of the iOS operating system. However, they can also not deny that iOS has been restrictive when it comes to how users can customize their...
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