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.

¨ Antibiotic Discovery. DIS students have tested the antibacterial activities of synthetic compounds produced by DIS students in the Chemistry Department.  Other students are searching for soil bacteria that produce novel antibiotics. Find out more...

¨ MRSA in Nursing Students. DIS 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, DIS 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 was developed by DIS 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 DIS student collected bacteria from a daycare center and identified a number of species that were resistant to multiple antibiotics. 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 bacteria—including antibiotic producers, human pathogens, and 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.

Kevin B. Kiser, Ph.D.

Osprey Hall 2020C

(910) 962-2698


curriculum vitae

Skills and techniques that students employ while conducting research include some or all of the following:

Microbiology and Molecular Biology

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

Data collection and analysis

Maintaining a lab notebook, database management, statistical analysis

Humans subjects research

Regulations and certification, demographic surveys, collection of biological samples

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, while developing both independence and teamwork skills.

Exploring the World of Bacteria