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Allison Wiedemeier
Associate Professor
School of Sciences
CNSB 326
318-342-3313
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Allison M Wiedemeier, PhD
Associate Professor, Biology

Education

Ph D

1998, Biological Sciences
Univeristy of Missouri- Columbia

BS

1992, Biological Sciences
Drake University

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Biographical Sketch

Allison is a teacher at heart.  She has been an instructor at the college level for over 20 years.  Prior to moving to Louisiana, she worked as a Resident Instruction Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and thoroughly enjoys all aspects of her job.  She actively engages her students through interactive lectures and by using innovative teaching methods.  She continually seeks ways to enrich her teaching and the classroom experience.  She is fortunate to teach students at every level of education, from freshman to graduate students and regularly teaches classes outside of her expertise.

Allison has two main research interests.  She is currently conducting a research study into the use of metacognitive activities within the General Microbiology classroom.  This research stems from her work with the Biology Scholars program associated with the American Society for Microbiology.  She also has an active research lab in the Biology department which focuses on the interaction between viruses, bacteria and plant hosts.  She seeks motivated graduate and undergraduate students that wish to investigate the use of bacteriophage as bio-control agents to work with her.

As her role as the Chair of the University of Louisiana Pre-medical Advisory Committee, Allison is also involved in helping students that are applying to medical school, physician assistant school, dental school and other medically associated programs.  She, along with other faculty, advise students about which classes to take, and ultimately the application process, encouraging them to succeed. 

Allison is a dedicated member of the faculty at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  She strives to do her best, for students, for peers and for her school.

Research Interests

Allison's lab focuses on the intersection of microbes and plants.  She has always been interested in the control of growth within plant tissue.  Therefore, the production of plant galls by the bacterial pathogen, Rhizobium radiobacter (formerly Agrobacterium tumefaciens) interests her.  Early studies in the lab focused on the structural changes that occur in the plant after infection, but recent interest has focused on the use of bio-control agents as a method to inhibit Rhizobium radiobacter infection.  Currently students in the lab isolate, culture and characterize bacteriophages that can infect and destroy the bacterial pathogen. Multiple studies are ongoing in the lab: 

  •  Biofilm interaction studies using phages on Rhizobium radiobacter
  •  Host range identification on isolated phages
  •  Superimmunity studies
  •  Genomic annotation
  •  Taxonomic description

Creative Works

Art - Exhibition, Group, ULM Art Crawl, Monroe, LA. (October 12 2017).

Recent Publications

Hanauer, D., Graham, M., SEA PHAGES CLASS INSTRUCTORS (Wiedemeier), S. P., Betancur, L., Bobrownicki, A., Cresawn, S., Garlena, R., Jacobs-Sera, D., Kaufmann, N., pope, W., Russell, D., Jacobs Jr, W., Asai, D., Hatfull, G. (2017). An inclusive Research Community (iREC): Impact of the SEA-PHAGES program on research outcomes and student learning (pp. 13531-13536). PNAS.
Findley, A., Gissendanner, C., Wiedemeier, A. (2016). Rhodococcus erythopolis RIA 643 phage Partridge. NCBI; GenBank.
Findley, A., Gissendanner, C., Wiedemeier, A. (2016). Rhodococcus erythopolis RIA 643 phage Yogi. NCBI; GenBank.
Findley, A., Gissendanner, C., Wiedemeier, A. (2016). Rhodococcus erythopolis RIA 643 phage ChewyVIII. NCBI; GenBank.
Findley, A., Gissendanner, C., Wiedemeier, A. (2016). Rhodococcus erythopolis RIA 643 phage Weasels2. NCBI;GenBank.
Findley, A., Gissendanner, C., Wiedemeier, A. (2017). Rhodococcus erythopolis RIA 643 phage BobbyDazzler. NCBI; GenBank.
Findley, A., Gissendanner, C., Wiedemeier, A. (2017). Rhodococcus erythopolis RIA 643 phage AngryOrchard. NCBI; GenBank.
Findley, A., Gissendanner, C., Wiedemeier, A. (2014). Mycobacterium Phage Hades. NCBI.org; GenebankA.
Findley, A., Gissendanner, C., Wiedemeier, A. (2014). Mycobacterium Phage Trike. NCBI.org; GenebankA.
Gissendanner, C. R., Wiedemeier, A., Wiedemeier, P. D., Minton, R. L., Bhuiyan, S., Harmson, J., Findley, A. M. (2014). A web-based restriction endonuclease tool for mycobacteriophage cluster prediction. Journal of Basic Microbiology.
Wiedemeier, A., Wiedemeier, P., Faculty at Sea In-Silico Workshop, . (2013). Mycobacterium phage KayaCho Complete Sequence. NCBI.org; Genebank.
Priest, M., Byres, D., Gaudin, A., Sengupta, S., Smith, M., Suchman, E., Warner, J., Wenzel, M., Wiedemeier, A. (2009). Test Bank for Biology: Guide to the Natural World. San Fransico, CA: Pearson/ Benjamin Cummings.
Wiedemeier, A. (2011). The Importance of Educating Nonmajors in Microbiology (pp. 511). Berkeley, California: The American Biology Teacher.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C., Wiedemeier, A., Harmson, J. (2011). Mycobacteriophage JAWS. 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. GenBank; ncbi.org.
Findley, A. M., Gissendanner, C., Wiedemeier, A. (2012). Mycobacteriophage Medusa. NCBI.org; GenBank.

Research Grants

Garlapti, S. (Supporting), Sasek, T. (Supporting), Talbert, M. (Supporting), Wiedemeier, A. (Supporting), Findley, A. (Principal), "Development of a CNSB Quantitative Biology Center" (Funded), Sponsored By University of Louisiana at Monroe, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $10, 700. (January 2016 - 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).
Wiedemeier, A. (Principal), "Sequence Verification of Prophage Insertion within Rhizobium radiobacter" (Funded), Sponsored By College of Arts, Education and Sciences, ULM, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $1000.00. (January 2018 - May 2018).
Wiedemeier, A. (Principal), Shell, V. (Supporting), "The Interaction of Visual Language and Scientific Language" (Funded), Sponsored By Academic Innovation Grant, ULM, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $2, 000.00. (February 2017 - May 2017).
Wiedemeier, A. (Principal), "Host Range and Biofilm Interaction Studies of Bacteriophages Used to Identify Possible Biocontrol Agents of Rhizobium radiobacter, Rhizobium vitis and Rhizobium rhizogenes" (Not Funded), Sponsored By Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund, Research and Development Program, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $20, 000.00. (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. (Co-Principal), Wiedemeier, A. (Co-Principal), "Bayou Discovery Science Camp" (Funded), Sponsored By Capital One Bank, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $5570.00. (January 2016 - 2016).
Wiedemeier, A. (Principal), "Characterization of Novel Agrobacterium phages from Louisiana Soil" (Funded), Sponsored By College of Arts, Education, and Sciences, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $720.00. (May 2014 - February 2015).
Findley, A. (Co-Principal), Wiedemeier, A. (Co-Principal), "Wet in the City: Water as a Focus for Urban Environmental Education" (Funded), Sponsored By Louisiana Environmental Education Commission, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $2500.00. (2014 - 2015).
Wiedemeier, A. (Principal), "Physical and Genomic Characterization of Novel Agrobacterium tumefaciens Phages" (Not Funded), Sponsored By Louisiana EPSCor, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $10, 000.00. (2014 - 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).
Wiedemeier, A. (Principal), "Isolation and Subsequent Physical and Genomic Characterization of Putative Biocontrol Phage for Agrobacterium tumefaciens" (Not Funded), Sponsored By Louisiana EPSCor, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $10000. (March 2013 - February 2014).
Jones, J. D. (Other), Wiedemeier, A. (Co-Principal), Findley, A. (Co-Principal), "Library Construction and Sequencing of Novel Bacteriophage" (Funded), Sponsored By LBRN, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $13, 500. (June 03 2013 - July 31 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).
Wiedemeier, A. (Principal), Miller, B. (Other), "Isolation and Characterization of Phage of Agrobacterium tumefaciens" (Funded), Sponsored By The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission Grants Program -Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheriers, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $1000. (April 01 2012 - March 31 2013).
Wiedemeier, A., "Isolation and Analysis of Agrobacterium Phage" (Funded), Sponsored By College and Arts and Sciences Dean's Research and Creative Project Fund, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $1100.00. (November 30 2011 - November 1 2012).
Wiedemeier, P. D. (Co-Principal), Wiedemeier, A. (Co-Principal), Hassan, S. (Principal), "Development of a "Snap/BYOB" Virtual Laboratory" (Funded), Sponsored By ULM Emerging Scholars Program, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $500. (January 2012 - May 2012).
Wiedemeier, P. D. (Co-Principal), Law, J. (Principal), Wiedemeier, A. (Co-Principal), "Development of a "Scratch" Virtual Laboratory" (Funded), Sponsored By ULM Emerging Scholars Program, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $500. (August 2011 - December 2011).
Wiedemeier, A., "Louisiana Soil Bacteria as Possible Bio-control Agents for Agrobacterium tumefaciens Infection" (Funded), Sponsored By College and Arts and Sciences Dean's Research and Creative Project Fund, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $1132.80. (November 30 2010 - November 1 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).
Wiedemeier, P. D. (Co-Principal), Wiedemeier, A. (Co-Principal), Laney, K. (Principal), "Development of a “Scratch” Virtual Laboratory" (Funded), Sponsored By ULM Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Program, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $500. (August 2010 - May 2011).
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).
Wiedemeier, A. (Principal), "Analysis of Cortical Microtubule Organization in Arabidopsis thaliana Tumors Initiated by Agrobacterium tumefaciens Infection" (Not Funded), Sponsored By Louisiana EPSCOR - PFund, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $10000. (2010).
Pankey, J., Jackson, D. (Supporting), Wiedemeier, A. (Supporting), "Cooperative Virtual Laboratory for the Departments of Agriculture and Biology" (Pending Funding Decision), Sponsored By Student Technology Access Plan, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $11347. (January 2008 - December 2008).
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 - Present).

Awards & Honors

July 2016 Lilllian L and Fred A Marx Endowed Professorship in Biology.

July 2015 Lilllian L and Fred A Marx Endowed Professorship in Biology.

August 2014 Lillian L and Fred A Marx Endowed Professorship in Biology.

November 2013 Accent on Excellence Educator of the Year.

August 2013 ULM Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching.

April 2013 Faculty Award of Excellence.

April 2013 Outstanding Faculty of Teaching.

January 2013 Biology Program Nominee for Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.

2013 Nominee forTom and Mayme Scott Professorship in Teaching Excellence.

October 2011 Top 10 Faculty and Staff Members of ULM 2011-2012.

March 2011 Biology Department Nominee for the College of Arts and Science Teaching Award.

October 2010 Top 10 Faculty and Staff Members of ULM 2010-2011.

March 2010 Biology Department Nominee for the College of Arts and Science Teaching Award.

October 2009 Top 10 Faculty and Staff Members of ULM 2009-2010.

Courses Taught

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

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

BIOL 1023PRINCIPLES BIOLOGY II LAB, 2 course(s)

BIOL 2014INTRODUCTORY MICROBIOLOGY, 19 course(s)

BIOL 2015INTRO MICRO LABORATORY, 27 course(s)

BIOL 2020CELL BIOLOGY, 20 course(s)

BIOL 2021BACTERIOPHAGE: IN SITU, 4 course(s)

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

BIOL 4011Microbes and Man, 1 course(s)

BIOL 4022HISTOLOGY, 5 course(s)

BIOL 4068GENERAL VIROLOGY, 4 course(s)

BIOL 4099SENIOR BIOLOGY SEMINAR, 3 course(s)

BIOL 4112MICROBES AND MAN, 4 course(s)

BIOL 5005RESEARCH METHODS, 1 course(s)

BIOL 5006RESEARCH METHODS LABORATORY, 1 course(s)

BIOL 5007SEMINAR, 2 course(s)

BIOL 5096Special Topic:Cell & Molecular, 1 course(s)

UNIV 1001University Seminar, 1 course(s)