Tanya Soule, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biology, Science Building, Room 344
Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Email: soulet@pfw.edu
260.481.0229 (Office), 260.481.6087 (FAX)


Western Illinois University, B.S. Biology, 2003

Arizona State University, Ph.D. Microbiology, 2008

Savannah River National Lab, Postdoc



Graduate Students

Shannon Calder, M.S. Thesis Student
Project: Community analysis of biofertilizer microorganisms

Undergraduate Students

Adreian Paul
Project: Expression of sunscreen biosynthetic genes
Victoria Hudson
Project: Identification of biofertilizer microorganisms

Some Recent Alums

Carlena Magley, M.S. Biology 2018
Project: Effect of biofertilizers on local crops
Emmy Wanjiku, B.S. Biology 2018
Project: Microbial community analysis of biofertilizers
Janine Bennett, B.S. Biology 2018
Project: Role of scytonemin in coping with oxidative stress in Nostoc punctiforme
Aaron Jones, B.S. Biology 2018
Project: Anti-tumor properties of microbial sunscreens
Taylor Smith-Graber, M.S. Biology 2017
Project: Microbial diversity associated with biological soil crusts of the Indiana Dunes State Park
Gabriela Romo, B.S. Biology 2017
Project: Temperature tolerance of phototrophs of the Indiana Dunes State Park
Megan Gerber, B.S. Biology 2017
Project: Fungal mycobiome of the Green sea turtle
James Price, M.S. Biology 2016
(co-advisor: Dr. Frank Paladino)
Project: Characterization of the juvenile green turtle (Chelonia mydas) microbiome associated with the ontogenetic shift from pelagic to inshore resident areas

The turtle in the image was caught with NMFS Permit No. 17183

Justin Lothamer, B.S. Biology 2015
Project: Microbial diversity of biological soil crusts from the Indiana Dunes State Park
Sejuti Naurin, M.S. Biology 2015
Project: Assessing the role of a putative response regulator in sunscreen biosynthesis in the cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme ATCC 29133


Jacob Janssen, M.S. Biology 2015
Project: Analysis of a putative histidine kinase associated with sunscreen biosynthesis in the cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme ATCC 29133
Dexter Shipe, B.S. Biology 2015

Project: Slime production associated with sunscreen-producing cyanobacteria

Erin Keene, M.S. Biology 2012

Co-advised with Dr. Frank Paladino
Project: Microorganisms from sand, cloacal fluid, and eggs of Lepidochelys olivaceaand standard testing of cloacal fluid antimicrobial properties