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Michelle R. Lum, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Environmental Science Faculty Affiliate

Loyola Marymount University


Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

B.S. in Molecular Biology, University of California, San Diego 

Current students

Kasra Arjomand, Chemistry, '23
Characterization of the plant growth promoting properties of plant-associative bacteria.

Kiarah Hewitt, Biology '23

Identification and characterization of genes involved in Paraburkholderia sp. motility and biofilm formation.

Paul Lussman, Environmental Science, '23
Optimization of seed germination of California native plants.

Kyla Yein, Biology '23
Analysis of genes involved in nodulation by Paraburkholderia tuberum.

Christian Faltas, Biology '23
Characterization of the role of a LysR transcriptional regulator in Paraburkholderia unamae

Caroline Ehren, Biology '24
Identification of bacterial strains that enhance California native seed germination under salinity and drought stress.

Kasra and Caroline at the El Segundo sand dunes (Summer 2021).

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