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Megan Behringer
Postdoctoral Researcher

megbehri(at)indiana(dot)edu
http://meganbehringer.wix.com/home
(812) 856-0115

Ph.D. 2015, Genetics, University of Georgia

M.S. 2011, Biomedical Science, Auburn University

B.S. 2009, Molecular Biology, Auburn University

 

Research

I am generally interested in the mutational process, and how mutation is affected by genetic and environmental effects. I am currently co-advised by Jay Lennon
(website) through a multi-lab research initiative investigating how varying population size, nutrient availability, and DNA repair efficiency affects mutation rate and spectrum across eubacteria. I aim to answer these questions through a combination of computational approaches and wet lab experiments.

In addition, I am also interested population dynamics of bacteria cultivated through serial transfer. In liquid culture, bacteria must compete for shared resources. ThisĀ  presents the opportunity for niche specialization within the culture population. Examining this phenomenon through serial transfer provides the opportunity to detect parallel evolution and directionality, since each population in the experiment is established from the same ancestor.

Publications:

Behringer, M.G. and Hall, D.W. (2016) Genome-Wide Estimates of Mutation Rates and Spectrum in Schizosaccharomyces pombe Indicate CpG Sites are Highly Mutagenic Despite the Absence of DNA Methylation. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, 6, 149-160.

Behringer, M.G., Miller, W.G., Oyarzabal, O.A. (2011) Typing of Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli isolated from live broilers and retail broiler meat by flaA-RFLP, MLST, PFGE and REP-PCR. Journal of Microbiological Methods 84 (2), 194-201.

Miller, R.S., Miller, W.G., Behringer, M.G., Hariharan, H., Matthew, V., Oyarzabal, O.A.
(2010) DNA identification and characterization of Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli isolated from caecal samples of chickens in Grenada. Journal of Applied Microbiology 108 (3), 1041-1049.