Professor Labare is the Life Science Program Director. He teaches CH101/102, General Chemistry, CH385, Introduction to Cell Biology, CH357, Introduction to Microbiology, CH473, Biochemistry, CH375 Introduction to Biology, and CH489/490, Individual Research. He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology. He has conducted postdoctoral research in biodegradation/bioremediation at Cornell University. His current projects deal with the inactivation of anthrax spores and other pathogens.
The inactivation of everything of by short-chain fatty acids (SCFA)
Short-chain fatty acids are capable of passing through cell membranes in their un undisassociated form. Once inside the cell, which has a pH less than the acid’s pKa, the acid disassociates. The cell becomes acidic causing proteins to become denatured and energy depletion as ATPases are run in reverse. Anion accumulation and membrane disruption also contribute to cell death. Currently the lab has published papers showing the inactivation of Ascaris suum (pig worm) eggs, a manuscript on insects, and several posters on Bacillus spore inactivation. Work will continue on the inactivation of spores, Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, stink bugs, viruses and plants.
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