Thesis Title

Using Fluorescence Nanoscopy to Study RNA Localization in Borrelia burgdorferi, the Spirochete that Causes Lyme Disease

Department or Program

Biological Chemistry


The spatial arrangement of RNA localization plays a role in the expression and turnover of transcripts in B. burgdorferi, including those that are involved in its virulence and pathogenicity. RNA localization was experimented with by using techniques such as fluorescence in situ hybridization with RNA polymerase subunits and regulatory Factors, using RNA aptamers through induction, and imaging using stimulated emission depletion nanoscopy. Throughout experimentation, it will be determined whether RNA transcripts distribute themselves along the full length of B. burgdorferi cells or localize at the poles, septa of dividing cells, or are concentrated at other foci within the cells. In both fluorescence in situ hybridization and RNA aptamers a fluorescence signal was observed.

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First Advisor

Schlax, Paula

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

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