Walter Reichard graduated from MTSU with a Bachelors degree in Biotechnology in 2015, and a Master's Degree in Microbiology in 2017. His undergraduate research at MTSU focused on developing a light sensitive promoter for gene expression in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. Walter's thesis project focused on the development of a codon optimized genetic tool set in yeast found in the CUG clade, including antibiotic resistance markers and a bio-luminescent reporter system for the goal of removing genes through homologous recombination systematically. The strategy focused on repeatably removing the antibiotic resistance gene from the genome later on to allow limited resistance markers to be used. Walter has since then joined the Crowe Lab as a research assistant to work on the Immuno Repitore sequencing project.
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