A number of research projects have been conducted to study carriage and transmission of bacterial pathogens and to evaluate antibiotic resistance and potentials for developing new therapies.

¨ MRSA in Nursing Students. Students are tracking S. aureus carriage in UNCW pre-nursing and nursing students to determine the impact of clinical exposure on developing carriage. Find out more...

¨ Staph in Athletic Facilities. Since athletes are at risk of developing staph infections, students tested surfaces in UNCW athletic facilities for the presence of various Staphylococcus species, including S. aureus. Find out more...

¨ STIs in At-Risk College Students. A urine-based test for chlamydia and gonorrhea is being developed by students to test UNCW students who are participating in free-HIV testing at the Student Health Center. Find out more...

¨ Resistant Bacteria in Daycare. A student collected bacteria from a daycare center and identified a number of species that were resistant to multiple antibiotics. Find out more...

¨ Antibiotic Discovery. Students will be testing numerous synthetic compounds produced by Dr. Coombs’ lab for their antibacterial activities. Find out more...



Department of Biology and Marine Biology

My research projects deal with developing and utilizing physical, biochemical, genetic, and immunologic methods to isolate and identify important bacterial pathogens, including antibiotic-resistant types, in human specimens or environmental samples. In addition to exploring relevant issues in health and medicine, the mission of my lab is to provide research opportunities and applied learning experiences for undergraduate students and to foster interdepartmental collaborations at UNCW.  A limited number of Directed Individual Study (DIS) opportunities are available each Fall or Spring semester. Students interested in research opportunities may contact Dr. Kiser.

Kevin B. Kiser, Ph.D.

Friday Hall 2015

(910) 962-2698


In addition to learning research design and management, some of the skills and techniques that a student will employ while conducting research on one of these projects include:

Microbiology and Molecular Biology

Laboratory safety, media prep, microscopy, bacterial culture, antibiotic-resistance testing, PCR, DNA sequencing

Humans subjects research

Regulations and certification, demographic surveys, collection of biological samples

Data collection and analysis

Maintaining a lab notebook, database management, statistical analysis

Written and oral communication

PowerPoint and poster presentations, attending scientific meetings, publications

Most of all students should use a research opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills and to apply “classroom” theory and skills toward solving “real-world” problems. Find out more about DIS opportunities...

Exploring the World of Bacteria