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Bowen Jiang

Bowen Jiang

4000 Edison Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95821

Mira Loma High School

Independent High School Researcher

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Published on Jul 18, 2017

An Introduction to GrATOL

In my past few lab notes, I’ve been going over mostly different phases of my project, which is all well and good, but I also sort of plan on turning this page into a blog of sorts, so I can explain...

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Published on Jun 23, 2017

Thanks Everyone!

Hello all, Now that the drive has officially concluded and the fund payouts have been made, I just want to thank all of you again for your donations and support during my funding campaign. Whether ...

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Published on May 19, 2017

Algal Strains for this Project - A Debrief

In this post, I'll provide some details on 25 strains I plan on using for barcode comparison and phylogeny studies; I can add more over the summer one at a time or so, but these are the main ones I...

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Published on May 18, 2017

Simple Bayesian Analysis Experiments Complete

Hello everyone, Working on finalizing the main cohort of algal strains I plan on using for the bulk of this project; I may add a few more in the summer, but I've collected about two dozen so far wh...

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Published on May 06, 2017

First Sequence Data!

Hello everyone! Just part of an update on the current status of my algal genetics project. About two weeks ago now, I managed to get the ITS2 DNA sequences for six strains of algae.  ITS is an abbr...

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Published on Apr 30, 2017

POST 0 - INTRODUCTION

Hello everyone! This is Bowen, and I am excited for a great campaign and project!I'll definitely be posting more in the coming days and weeks as the campaign runs its course; if successful, I will ...

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Working on this project as a whole has definitely given me a greater appreciation for the difficulties of phylogenetic research. Of course, most of my lab notes at this time have been written with my personal assumption that the data presented are preliminary and not as accurate or precise as they will be upon further processing, but I do appreciate that you have noticed that my tone does not always reflect this, something which I will make sure to correct in future lab notes. I am currently trying to establish connections with a local college where I can get more direct and technical support on my methods and data processing, and I also have contact with a few algal phylogeneticists whom I plan to speak to more when I dive deeper into the analysis of my data, so especially as I move beyond the routine algal isolation and PCR I run at home I will definitely search for more assistance on the computerized portions of my project. I was wondering, however, if you would be able to assist me a little as well by perhaps helping me glance over some of my lab notes or speak personally about the goals and aims of my project. I would love to receive more of your input to figure out how I can continue to improve this project as well as word my lab notes so that it is more clearly presented to others. Thanks again for your feedback, and I hope to hear from you more as I continue to work on my research! Best regards, Bowen
Aug 19, 2017
The Ideal Molecular Barcode for Identifying Freshwater Green Algae (Chlorophyceae)
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Hello Dr. Hall, Thank you very much for your quick comment and continued interest in my project! Throughout most of my lab notes, I have been struggling with striking a balance between maintaining a readable and interesting vocabulary and note length and going into more detailed or complicated explanations of my methods, so I apologize as I do not think I did a very good job of explaining my use of BLAST and sequence editing software in this lab note. By calling BLAST subjective, I was referring to my making the subjective choices of which sequences to consider editing based off of the algorithmic and quantitative process by which the alignments are generated and scored, not the process of BLAST itself. The “unnecessary sequences” you refer to in your comments are simply the long tails of low-quality uncalled bases in each chromatogram that I think are artefacts of the capillary electrophoresis runs (e.g. for a 700-bp product, I would trim off the additional 700 base “tail” of mostly “N” bases at the end). However, upon rereading my lab note, I can see how my wording would have led to such ambiguity and misinterpretation, so I will work to get that edited as soon as possible.
Aug 19, 2017
The Ideal Molecular Barcode for Identifying Freshwater Green Algae (Chlorophyceae)
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Hello Dr. Hall, As I have been having trouble with commenting on my lab note, please see the message I have directly sent you. Thanks! Best regards, Bowen Jiang
Aug 19, 2017
The Ideal Molecular Barcode for Identifying Freshwater Green Algae (Chlorophyceae)
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Hello Dr. Hall, As I have been having trouble with writing direct replies to comments, please see the second comment on this lab note. Thanks! Best regards, Bowen Jiang
Aug 19, 2017
The Ideal Molecular Barcode for Identifying Freshwater Green Algae (Chlorophyceae)
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Hello, congratulations on full funding for your project! I am curious what species of cyanobacteria are most prevalent in the areas which you are studying. The mention of anatoxin-a makes me instinctively think Anabaena, but the pictures in our video seem to show benthic growth, so could it possibly be an Oscillatoria or Nostoc species also? Thank you for your research, and I am excited to see how this project progresses!
Apr 30, 2017
When Does the Eel River Turn Toxic? Patterns in Cyanotoxin Occurrence 2013-2016
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