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Stacey Davis Champion, Ph.D.


Education: Bachelor of Science in microbiology (May 1996)

Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas at Houston

McNair Project: Isolation and Sequencing of the Chromium Reductase Gene from Bacillus thuringiensis (1996)

Mentor: George Marchin, Ph.D.

I am testing whether the chromium reductase gene from Bacillus thuringiensis can be isolated and sequenced. In order to investigate the nature of Cr(VI) reduction I am studying the plasmid from a metal resistant strain of Bacillus thuringiensis isolated from a polluted mining area in southeastern Kansas. This study could be applicable in the bioremediation of chromium pollution.