Carol Lauzon

Class Information
Class Number Section Days Room Number Times
3405 1 TTh MI-2002 12-1:50 pm
3405 1A TTh SC-S321 9:20 - 11:50 pm
3405 1B TTh SC-S321 2:40 5:10 pm

Carol Lauzon earned a Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in 1991. She remained at UVM for two years where she taught biochemistry and conducted research on the microbial ecology of an apple insect pest. Lauzon spent three years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she conducted research in Massachusetts and Hawaii on the microbial ecology of the apple maggot fly and the Mediterranean fruit fly. Dr. Lauzon is currently an Assitant Professor at CSUH, where she teaches courses in general and environmental microbiology, and scanning and transmission electron microscopy. She is also Director of Operations for our Microscope and Graphic Imaging Center (MAGIC).

Dr. Lauzon has received funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to investigate dietary contributions of microorganisms for adult Mediterranean fruit flies, walnut husk flies, and Mexican fruit flies. She also has funding from the California Department of Food and Agriculture to examine the microbial ecology of the Glassy-winged Sharpshooter, a pest that vectors Pierce's Disease. She has collaborative projects in progress with researchers at USDA labs in Hawaii and Texas, and scientists at the University of California, Riverside, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the University of Missouri, Columbia. Her research areas include microbial ecology of insects, insect-plant-microbe interactions, quorum sensing, and biofilm formation, architecture, and biochemistry. Past graduate projects include the characterization and antimicrobial nature of hippopotamus exudate, and the microbial ecology of Rhagoletis completa.

Recent Publications

  1. Lauzon, C.R., S.E. Potter, and R.J. Prokopy. 2000. Degradation and detoxification of the dihydroxychalcone phloridzin by Enterobacter agglomerans, a bacterium closely associated with Rhagoletis pomonella (Diptera: Tephritidae) Environ. Entomol. (in press)
  2. J.J. Peloquin, L. Kuzina, C.R. Lauzon, and T.A. Miller. 2000.(In press). Transformation of internal extracellular bacteria isolated from Rhagoletis completa Cresson gut with enhanced green fluorescent protein. Current Microbiol.
  3. Lauzon, C.R., R.E. Sjogren, G.B. MacCollom, and R.J. Prokopy. 2000. (In press). Enzymatic capabilities of bacteria associated with apple maggot flies: a postulated role in attraction. J. Chem. Ecol.
  4. Lauzon, C.R., R.E. Sjogren, S.E. Wright, and R.J. Prokopy. 1998. Attraction of Rhagoletis pomonella (Diptera: Tephritidae) to odors of bacteria: apparent confinement to specialized members of Enterobacteriaceae. Environ. Entomol. 27:853-857.
  5. Epsky, N.D., B.D. Deuben, C.R. Lauzon, R.R. Heath, and G.B. MacCollom. 1998. Attraction of 3-methyl-1-butanol and ammonia identified from Enterobacter agglomerans to Anastrepha suspensa. J. Chem. Ecol. 24:1867-1880.
  6. Epsky, N.D., B.D. Deuben, R.R. Heath, C.R. Lauzon, and R.J. Prokopy. 1997. Attraction of Anastrepha
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