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Naydu Carmona - Monica Trujillo .

Assistant Professor - Associate Professor & Chair

Biological Sciences & Geology, Queensborough Community College
Rhomboids from Streptomyces: The Unknown Key Player?

Professors Trujillo and Carmona investigate the single cell bacteria found in the soil, Streptomyces, in their three-year, $214K NSF award, Rhomboids from Streptomyces: The Unknown Key Player? They view soil as a community where communication occurs between largely diverse types of bacteria. Streptomyces have been known to produce antibiotic, anti-tumor, and anti-cancer compounds; Trujillo and Carmona endeavor to understand the communication signals of Streptomyces that trigger the production of compounds (which may lead to enhanced manufacturing of these antibiotic-producing compounds). By focusing on a group of enzymes that exists on the cell membrane of all living organisms, rhomboid proteases, they gain information on the characteristics of interaction among bacteria. “We know bacteria are capable of a unique conversation, but we know very little about the signals and code they use to trigger their conversation. Through our research, we hope to contribute to a better understanding of how bacteria interact,” states Trujillo.

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