Written by on November 21, 2013

Pyroprints! Fingerprinting bacteria


Hear stories from Professor Chris Kitts and third year biology student Maria Zuleta Alvarado about their adventures collecting local E. coli data for the Cal Poly Library of Pyroprints (CPLOP). The database is intended to be a searchable, online library and lower-cost resource for tracking E. coli to help researchers understand who or what is polluting the water.

Then, brainstorm with the researchers about ways to collect wildlife “samples” that include origin confirmation. It’s one of their greatest challenges!

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Featured Cal Poly Faculty

Chris Kitts
Professor and Chair, Biological Sciences Department 
Professor Kitts received the Distinguished Scholarship Award for 2011-2012. His areas of expertise and interest include: biodegradation, microbial ecology of intestines, microbial ecology in bioremediation and spore forming bacteria in milk powder.

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Cal Poly Pyroprints Project

Sponsored by

Center for Application of Biotechnology
Biological Sciences Department

Event Information

  • Date: Thursday, February 7
  • Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
  • Location: Kennedy Library, second floor café lounge

Everyone is invited and welcome.

Coffee and light refreshments will be served!

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