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Decorative Petri dish photoWelcome to the website for the laboratory of Dr. Lee Hughes, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of North Texas.

My research interests include microbiology and science education.  In the microbiology lab, I study bacteriophage that infect members of the bacterial order Actinomycetales, in particular members of the genus Streptomyces. As part of my efforts, I leadthe UNT PHAGES program, an implementation of the Science Education Alliance - Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) program. Through this program, undergraduate students isolate bacteriophage that contribute to my ongoing laboratory research with my graduate students.  The UNT Research magazine recently featured a story on the UNT PHAGES program.

In my science education research, I am examining early research experiences for undergraduate students in biology and innovative teaching strategies such as blended learning or online learning in undergraduate biology courses.  I previously directed the National Science Foundation-funded FOCUS Scholarships Program for undergraduate students majoring in the sciences and math at UNT. I also served as the Program Director of UNT"s 2010 HHMI Science Education Grant. and continue to work with programs that were begun under that grant.

For students interested in research experiences and activities for undergraduates in the biological sciences at UNT, please see the Research Experiences and Activities in Life Sciences (REALSCI) webpage.

I will provide more information on each of these projects on this website as information becomes available. Graduate or undergraduate students who are interested in my research should contact me to discuss opportunties for research in my laboratory.

Lab Poster Presentation Links.

Contact information:

Lee E. Hughes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of North Texas
Department of Biological Sciences
1155 Union Circle #305220
Denton, TX 76203-5017

e-mail: lhughes@unt.edu
For any information about this page, contact Dr. Hughes.