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The Ohio State University
Corresponding Faculty Member: Sarah Ball,
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Annotation and Analysis of Two Cluster AU1 Phage, CastorTray and DevitoJr
Santhoshini Alagappan, Laura Angle, Josh Arthur, Aymin Bahhur, Nico Beckman, Andrew Birkhold, Jiezel Deypalubos, May Elbassoussy, Deena Eldaour, Hamza Ghazi, Gianna Hatheway, Nikki Huber, Laila Huric, Anthony Landrus, Casey Madison, Penlope Mazivanhanga, Abigail Miller, Matthew Miller, Naomi Mukka, Kayla Nero, Meet Patel, Madison Sabetta, Jillian Warner, Zhixin Xu, Nikita Zuber, Sarah L Ball, Caroline Breitenberger, Charles Daniels

Students at The Ohio State University have been participating in the course-based undergraduate research experience, SEA-PHAGES, since 2011. To date, they have isolated 180 phages using the hosts Mycobacterium smegmatis, Arthrobacter sp. and Gordonia terrae. 55 genomes have been sequenced and 47 have been annotated and uploaded to GeneBank. This semester, students have annotated two phage genomes belonging to Cluster AU1 which currently has 16 members, 10 of which were isolated at OSU. The genomes of CastorTray and DevitoJr are 58,377bp and 58,044bp, respectively compared to the cluster average of 58,137bp. CastorTray has 94 predicted open reading frames to DevitoJr’s 89 and both have a GC content of 50.0%. While working on the annotations, students recognized several features that they wished to investigate further, including potential promoters and gaps with little to no coding potential. Since checking for transmembrane domains is a relatively new addition to the annotation protocol, students decided to look through the older AU1 genomes to see if any potential membrane proteins were missed during the original analysis.