David Mitchell, Biology
For our research project, bacterial swabs were taken in both the baseball locker room at the Saint John’s Palaestra facility and hockey locker room at the SCSU Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The bacterial samples were then isolated and subsequently tested for antibiotic resistance. PCR was done in an attempt to identify the most heavily antibiotic resistant cultures. The goal of this research was to identify bacteria that pose danger to athletes upon exposure. Due the nature of the different sports in question as well as the separate facilities, we wanted to assess the comparative risk of exposure between the different groups of athletes.
Chitwood, Joe and Meland, Thomas, "Athletes' Funk: A Study of Bacterial Communities at Saint John's University Athletic Facilities" (2019). Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day. 89.