Dr. Heather Couch, Ph.D is a scientific writer with responsibility for the ATCC Biological Services, BEI Resources, and Authentication group. She directs a team of trained technical writers with backgrounds in the biological sciences that are responsible for the authentication of quality control testing, production of documentation, and development of release specifications for microorganisms distributed by BEI Resources. Her group analyzes data produced by microbial identification systems as well as molecular and traditional biochemical schemes to characterize the microorganisms deposited to the BEI Resources collection. Dr. Couch received her Ph.D from the University of Calgary in the field of Biochemistry. Her studies involved enzyme mutagenesis of proteins produced by the ubiquitous fungus, Aspergillus niger, and recombinant expression in Escherichia coli and Pichia pastoris. Her post-doctoral fellowships included studies of a phytotoxin produced by Pseudomonas syringe and various projects utilizing Saccharomyces cerevisiae at Dartmouth College. Her final laboratory experience prior to leaving the lab involved the analysis of the MEP pathway in Francisella tularensis .
Ubiquitous fungus; Aspergillus niger; Recombinant expression in Escherichia coli and Pichia pastoris; Study of a phytotoxin produced by Pseudomonas syring; Saccharomyces cerevisiae; The analysis of the MEP pathway in Francisella tularensis.