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Ann Findley
Professor
School of Sciences
CNSB 302
318-342-1817
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Ann M Findley, PhD
Professor, Biology

Education

Ph D

1980, Physiology
Louisiana State University

MS

1977, Physiology
Louisiana State University

BS

1974, Biology, summa cum laude
St. John's University

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Ann M. Findley is a physiologist who is broadly trained in the areas of cellular and molecular biology.  Throughout her career, she has taught in biology and chemistry departments at universities in Arkansas, Louisiana, and New York.  Dr. Findley is actively involved in pre-college outreach programs that target introducing students to biotechnology and genomics.  She currently holds the Kitty DeGree Endowed Professorship in Biology and serves as the program coordinator for the HHMI-SEA PHAGES Program at ULM. 

Research Interests

Dr. Findley's current research interests include the isolation and characterization of novel bacteriophages from environmental soil samples.  In addition to adding to the database of sequenced and annotated phages, her research is also targeted at identifying phage isolates with broad host-range infectivity that can be developed as potential phage therapy agents against pathogenic species of the genus Mycobacterium. 

Recent Publications

Hanauer, D. I., SEA PHAGES faculty, ., Hatfull, G. F. (2017). An inclusive Research Education Community (iREC): Impact of the SEA-PHAGES program on research outcomes and student learning (pp. 13531-13536). PNAS.
Bonilla, J. A., Isern, S., Findley, A. M., Klyczek, K. K., Gissendanner, C. R., Wiedemeier, A. M., SEA PHAGES students, . (2017). Genome Sequences of 19 Rhodococcus erythropolis Cluster CA Phages. Genome Announcement A.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C. R., Wiedemeier, A. M. (2017). Whole Genome Annotation of Rhodococcus Phage Trina. NCBI-GenBank.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C. R., Wiedemeier, A. M. (2017). Whole Genome Annotation of Rhodococcus Phage Bonanza. NCBI.org-GenBank.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C. R., Wiedemeier, A. M. (2017). Whole Genome Annotation of Rhodococcus phage Jester. NCBI.org/ GenBank.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C. R., Wiedemeier, A. M. (2017). Whole Genome Annotation of Rhodococcus phage Harlequin. NCBI.org/ GenBank.
Findley, A. M., Hatfull, G. (2017). Prophage-mediated defence against viral attack and counter-defence. Nature Microbiology.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C. R., Wiedemeier, A. M. (2016). Whole Genome Annotation of Rhodococcus phage Partridge. NCBI.org/ GenBank.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C. R., Wiedemeier, A. M. (2016). Whole Genome Annotation of Rhodococcus phage Yogi. NCBI.org/ GenBank.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C. R., Wiedemeier, A. M. (2017). Whole Genome Annotation of Rhodococcus phage BobbyDazzler. NCBI.org/ GenBank.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C. R., Wiedemeier, A. M. (2017). Whole Genome Annotation of Rhodococcus phage Angry Orchard. NCBI.org/ GenBank.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C. R., Wiedemeier, A. (2016). Whole Genome Annotation of Rhodococcus phage Weasels2. NCBI.org-GenBank.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C. R., Wiedemeier, A. (2016). Whole Genome Annotation of Rhodococcus phage ChewyVIII. NCBI.org-GenBank.
Findley, A., Wiedemeier, A., Gissendanner, C. (2016). Whole Genome Annotation of Mycobacteriophage Sabinator. NCBI.org/ GenBank.
Hatfull, G. (2015). Whole Genome Comparison of a Large Collection of Mycobacteriophages Reveals a Continuum of Phage Genetic Diversity. eLife.
Cresawn, S., Findley, A., Gissendanner, C., Hatfull, G. (2015). Comparative Genomics of Cluster O Mycobacteriophages. PLOS One.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C., Wiedemeier, A. (2014). Mycobacteriophage Trike. NCBI.org/ GenBank.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C., Wiedemeier, A. (2014). Mycobacteriophage Hades. NCBI.org/ GenBank.
Hatfull, G. (2013). The complete genome sequencing of 63 mycobacteriophages (pp. e00847-13). Genome A/ ASM.org.
Hatfull, G. (2012). The Complete Genome Sequencing of 138 Mycobacteriophage (pp. 4:2382). Journal of Virology.
Gissendanner, C., Wiedemeier, A., Wiedemeier, P., Minton, R., Findley, A. M. (2014). A web-based endonuclease tool for mycobacteriophage cluster predictions (pp. 1-6). Journal of Basic Microbiology/Wiley.
Findley, A. M. (2008). "Including the Discussion of Social Issues in the Biology Curriculum".
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C. (2009). Mycobacterium phage Phlyer (pp. NC013694). GenBank; ncbi.org.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C. (2009). Mycobacterium phage Peaches. GenBank; ncbi.org.
Findley, A. M. (2009). "Monitoring Pollutants Via the Catfish Olfactory Response" (pp. 47-48). Proceedings of the LA Academy of Sciences.
Marsteller, P., dePillis, L., Findley, A. M., Joplin, K., Pelesko, J., Nelson, K., Thompson, K., Usher, D., Watkins, J. (2010). Toward Integration: From Quantitative Biology to Mathbio-Biomath? (pp. 165-171). CBE-Life Science Education.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C., Harmson, J. (2011). Expanding the diversity of mycobacteriophages: insights into genome architecture and evolution (pp. 16329). PLoS One.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C., Harmson, J. (2011). Mycobacteriophage Yoshi. GenBank; ncbi.org.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C., Wiedemeier, A., Harmson, J. (2011). Mycobacteriophage JAWS. GenBank; ncbi.org.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C., Harmson, J. (2011). Mycobacteriophage Rockstar. GenBank; ncbi.org.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C., Wiedemeier, A., Harmson, J. (2011). Mycobacteriophage Rakim. GenBank; ncbi.org.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C., Wiedemeier, A., Harmson, J., Miller, B. (2012). Mycobacteriophage iCleared (pp. Accession no. JQ896627). GenBank; ncbi.org.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C., Wiedemeier, A. (2012). Mycobacteriophage Medusa (pp. Accession no. KF024733). NCBI.org; GenBank.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C., Jordan, T. (2014). A Broadly Implementable Research Course in Phage Discovery and Genomics for First-Year Undergraduate Students (pp. e:01051-13). mBio/ASM.org.

Research Grants

Findley, A. M. (Principal), Talbert, M. (Co-Principal), "Implementing the PowerLab Experimental Suite Across the Biology Curriculum" (Funded), Sponsored By ULM STAP, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $16,980. (January 02 2015 - Present).
Talbert, M. (Co-Principal), Findley, A. M. (Co-Principal), Tolson, K. M. (Co-Principal), "Implementing the PowerLab Experimental Suite Across the Human Anatomy & Physiology Curriculum" (Funded), Sponsored By College of Sciences/Academic Affairs, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $10995. (January 7 2013 - Present).
Findley, A. M. (Supporting), Temple, L. (Principal), Gissendanner, C. (Supporting), "The Phage Galaxy: A Consortium for Phage Hunting and Genomic Education for Undergraduates" (Not Funded), Sponsored By NSF-TUES, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $70000. (September 2012 - Present).
Gissendanner, C., Findley, A. M., Wiedemeier, A., Minton, R. L., Sasek, T. W., "Facilitating Student Success Through Program Integration" (Funded), Sponsored By STAP, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $22500. (January 2009 - Present).
Findley, A. (Principal), Findley, G. (Co-Principal), Gissendanner, C. (Co-Principal), Garlapati, S. (Co-Principal), Talbert, M. (Co-Principal), "HHMI Inclusive Excellence Initiative" (Pending Funding Decision), Sponsored By HHMI, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $500,000. (September 1 2018 - August 30 2023).
Gissendanner, C. (Co-Principal), Findley, A. M. (Co-Principal), "NewLANES - North LA BUILD Program" (Not Funded), Sponsored By NIH, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $5,000,000. (August 2014 - July 2019).
Jois, S. (Principal), Findley, A. M. (Co-Principal), ULM Biology, C. (Co-Principal), "Acquisition of a Semi-Prep/Analytical HPLC & Benchtop Freeze Dryer Unit for ULM Bienville Core Facility" (Pending Funding Decision), Sponsored By NIH-LBRN, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $50,000. (May 01 2018 - April 30 2019).
Gissendaner, C. (Principal), Findley, A. (Co-Principal), Wiedemeier, A., "A3 Subcluster Mycobacteriophages as Candidates for Non-Tuberculosis Mycobacterial Disease Phage Therapy" (Not Funded), Sponsored By Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $98,648. (July 2015 - June 2018).
Findley, A. M. (Principal), "ULM-LBRN Carry Forward Request" (Funded), Sponsored By NIH-LBRN, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $27,748. (May 01 2017 - April 30 2018).
Findley, A. M. (Principal), "LBRN Administrative Supplement" (Funded), Sponsored By NIH-LBRN, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $38,070. (May 01 2017 - April 30 2018).
Findley, A. M. (Principal), "ULM-LBRN Carry Over Request" (Funded), Sponsored By NIH-INBRE, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $104,398. (January 01 2017 - April 30 2017).
Findley, A. M. (Principal), "LBRN Administrative Supplement - SEA PHAGES Program" (Funded), Sponsored By NIH-INBRE, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $14,100. (May 1 2016 - April 30 2017).
Findley, A. M. (Principal), "LBRN Administrative Supplement" (Funded), Sponsored By NIH-INBRE, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $34,059. (May 1 2016 - April 30 2017).
Findley, A. (Principal), Gissendanner, C. (Co-Principal), "Potential of Mycobacterium Phages as Candidates for Phage Therapy" (Funded), Sponsored By NIH-COBRE LSUHSC-Shreveport, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $33,333. (May 01 2016 - April 30 2017).
Findley, A. M. (Principal), Findley, G. (Co-Principal), Gissendanner, C. (Co-Principal), Jackson, D. (Co-Principal), Minton, R. L. (Co-Principal), Sasek, T. W. (Co-Principal), Stringer, G. L. (Co-Principal), Wiedemeier, A. (Co-Principal), "Biological Sciences Education Program" (Not Funded), Sponsored By HHMI, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $1600000. (September 2012 - August 2016).
Findley, A. (Principal), Talbert, M. (Co-Principal), Sasek, T. (Co-Principal), Wiedemeier, A. (Co-Principal), "Development of a Quantitative Biology Laboratory for CNSB" (Funded), Sponsored By ULM-STAP, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $10,700. (January 01 2016 - June 30 2016).
Findley, A. M. (Principal), Gissendanner, C. (Co-Principal), "Potential of Mycobacterium Phages as Candidates for Phage Therapy" (Funded), Sponsored By NIH-COBRE LSUHSC-Shreveport, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $50,000. (May 01 2015 - April 30 2016).
Findley, A. M. (Principal), Gissendanner, C. (Co-Principal), Garlapati, S. (Co-Principal), Talbert, M. (Co-Principal), Sasek, T. (Co-Principal), Wiedemeier, A. (Co-Principal), "NIH-LBRN Shared Equipment Program" (Funded), Sponsored By NIH-LBRN, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $50,000. (May 01 2015 - April 30 2016).
Findley, A. M. (Principal), Gissendanner, C. (Co-Principal), Briski, K. (Co-Principal), "NIH-LBRN Alterations & Renovations Subaward" (Funded), Sponsored By NIH-LBRN, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $250,000. (May 01 2015 - April 30 2016).
Wiedemeier, P. D., Wiedemeier, A., Minton, R. L., Smith, L., Gissendanner, C., Findley, A. M., "A Web-Based Restriction Enzyme Cut-Count Comparison and Visualization Tool to Profile Unknown Mycobacteriophage" (Funded), Sponsored By Amazon Web Services, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $2500. (October 2013 - October 2015).
Findley, A. (Principal), Gissendanner, C. (Co-Principal), "Potential of A3 Sub-Cluster Mycobacterium Phage as Candidates for Phage Therapy" (Not Funded), Sponsored By NIH-COBRE LSUHSC-Shreveport, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $39,000. (October 2014 - April 30 2015).
Findley, A. (Principal), "LBRN - Administrative Supplement" (Funded), Sponsored By NIH-LBRN, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $50,000. (May 1 2014 - April 30 2015).
Findley, A. (Co-Principal), Wiedemeier, A. (Co-Principal), "Wet in the City: Urban Environmental Education" (Funded), Sponsored By LA Environmental Education Commision, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $2500. (May 2014 - April 2015).
Wiedemeier, A. (Co-Principal), Findley, A. M. (Co-Principal), "Teachers Acting as Agents of Change: Environmental Education for Every Classroom"" (Funded), Sponsored By LEEC 2012 Professional Development Proposal, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $2500. (March 2013 - April 2014).
Minton, R. L. (Co-Principal), Findley, A. M. (Co-Principal), Wiedemeier, A. (Principal), "Viral diversity in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park" (Not Funded), Sponsored By Discover Life in America, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $5000. (April 1 2013 - March 31 2014).
Jackson, D. (Co-Principal), Findley, A. M. (Co-Principal), Jackson, K. (Principal), Saulsberry, P. (Co-Principal), Williams, T. (Other), "Identifying a Chronic Disease Biomarker in the Lower Delta" (Not Funded), Sponsored By NIH, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $390500. (January 2012 - December 2013).
Wiedemeier, A. (Co-Principal), Findley, A. M., "Bayou Discover Science Camp Development" (Not Funded), Sponsored By Junior League of Monroe, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $10000. (February 2013 - June 2013).
Findley, A. M. (Co-Principal), Gissendanner, C. (Co-Principal), "Disseminating the HHMI-SEA NGRI Phage Discovery Laboratory to LA-INBRE Partner Institutions" (Funded), Sponsored By LA-INBRE, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $24400. (December 2011 - May 2013).
Sasek, T. W. (Co-Principal), Findley, A. M. (Principal), Gissendanner, C. (Co-Principal), Jackson, D. (Co-Principal), Stringer, G. L. (Co-Principal), "Undergraduate Science Education Program at ULM" (Funded), Sponsored By Howard Hughes Medical Institute, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $700000. (2009 - 2012).
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C., "National Genomics Research Initiative" (Funded), Sponsored By HHMI-Science Education Alliance, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $. (August 2008 - August 2011).
Findley, A. M. (Principal), Bell, D. (Co-Principal), Jackson, D. (Co-Principal), Minton, R. L. (Co-Principal), Sasek, T. W. (Co-Principal), Thompson, A. K. (Co-Principal), Wiedemeier, A. (Co-Principal), "Project SOAR:Bringing Microscopy to the Students Across the Biology Curriculum" (Funded), Sponsored By STAP, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $5600. (March 2011 - July 2011).
Gissendanner, C. (Co-Principal), Findley, A. M. (Supporting), HArmosn, J. (Co-Principal), "Science Education Alliance Sabbatical for summer, 2010" (Funded), Sponsored By HHMI, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $. (August 2010).
Saulsberry, P. (Supporting), Findley, A. M., Owens, S. R., "ULM Warhawk Mentoring Grant" (Funded), Sponsored By ULM, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $. (June 2009 - June 2010).
Jackson, D. (Co-Principal), Findley, A. M. (Principal), Wiedemeier, A. (Co-Principal), "An Integrated Approach to Microscopy: From Sample Preparation to Imaging" (Pending Funding Decision), Sponsored By Board of Regents, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $141951. (June 2009 - June 2010).
Minton, R. L. (Principal), Gissendanner, C. (Co-Principal), Findley, A. M. (Co-Principal), "Incorporating a bioinformatics thread across the Biology curriculum" (Funded), Sponsored By Board of Regents Support Fund traditional enhancement, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $77459. (2009 - 2010).

Awards & Honors

Phi Kappa Phi National Honorary.

Iota Sigma Pi National.

July 2017 Kitty DeGree Endowed Professor of Biology.

April 2017 Dean's Award.

April 2015 ULM School of Sciences and College of Arts, Education, and Sciences, Excellence in Service Award Nominee.

October 2010 Accent on Excellence.

October 2008 Mortar Board Mentor.

Courses Taught

BIOL 1003INTRO TO SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, 6 course(s)

BIOL 1014FUND ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I, 3 course(s)

BIOL 1015FUND ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II, 6 course(s)

BIOL 1017FUND ANAT & PHYS LAB II, 6 course(s)

BIOL 1020Principles Of Biology I, 2 course(s)

BIOL 1021PRINCIPLES BIOLOGY I LAB, 9 course(s)

BIOL 1023PRINCIPLES BIOLOGY II LAB, 5 course(s)

BIOL 2020CELL BIOLOGY, 5 course(s)

BIOL 2021BACTERIOPHAGE: IN SITU, 5 course(s)

BIOL 2023BACTERIOPHAGE: IN SILICO, 4 course(s)

BIOL 2026HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY, 1 course(s)

BIOL 2028PATHOPHYSIOLOGY, 15 course(s)

BIOL 4008CELLULAR PHYSIOLOGY, 4 course(s)

BIOL 4009CELLULAR PHYSIOLOGY LAB, 3 course(s)

BIOL 4011Genetics and Society, 5 course(s)

BIOL 4025NEUROLOGY, 2 course(s)

BIOL 4072INTRODUCTORY PARASITOLOGY, 9 course(s)

BIOL 4073INTRODUCTORY PARASITOLOGY LAB, 1 course(s)

BIOL 4097UG RESEARCH PARTICIPATION, 14 course(s)

BIOL 4098UG RESEARCH PARTICIPATION, 11 course(s)

BIOL 4099SENIOR BIOLOGY SEMINAR, 2 course(s)

BIOL 4108ANIMAL AND PLANT TAXONOMY, 1 course(s)

BIOL 4111GENETICS AND SOCIETY, 2 course(s)

BIOL 5005RESEARCH METHODS, 3 course(s)

BIOL 5006RESEARCH METHODS LABORATORY, 3 course(s)

BIOL 5007SEMINAR, 5 course(s)

BIOL 5010BIOLOGY OF AGING, 1 course(s)

BIOL 5014EPIDEMIOLOGY, 1 course(s)

BIOL 5015BIOLOGY FOR TEACHERS, 2 course(s)

BIOL 5040COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY, 4 course(s)

BIOL 5093Spec Topic-Cell & Molecular, 1 course(s)

NURS 5006ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY, 2 course(s)

PHIL 4004Bioethics, 1 course(s)