Jonathan Lawson

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      Jeannie Lewis
    • Member Type(s): Expert
    • Title:Professor of Biology and Advisor
    • Organization:Collin County Community College District
    • Area of Expertise:Micro and Biotechnology, CASMNS Research
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My Expertise

    My Expertise

      Area(s) of expertise: Micro and Biotechnology, CASMNS Research
      Summary of expertise:
      Jonathan N. Lawson, Ph.D. has been a Professor of Biology in the Division of Math and Natural Sciences at Collin County Community College District, Spring Creek Campus in Plano, Texas since 2007. Dr. Lawson also serves as an Advisor for Wello Inc.
      In 1998, Dr. Lawson received a B.S. in Biology and minor in Biochemistry from Baylor University, Waco, TX. And in 2006 he received a Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX.
      He currently teaches courses such as Microbiology, General Biology, and Biotechnology and is a CASMNS Research Professor.

      Here is a list of Dr. Jonathan Lawson's many accomplishments:

      RELEVANT RESEARCH PROJECTS AND AWARDS

      2012-present Sequencing and Annotation of a Novel Environmental isolate from an Urban Farm
      • Supported by a NSF Talent Expansion Grant Sub-Award
      2010-2012 Characterization of Tetracycline Resistome Surrounding an Urban Dairy Farm
      • CASMNS supported research project
      2009 -2010 Commercial Innoculant Affects on Soil Microbiota
      • Supported by a Sub-Award from BPR-Agro

      RELEVANT COLLEGE AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

      2007-Present Biotechnology Advisory Board Member
      2007-Present Faculty Member and Research Mentor for Center for Advanced Studies in Math and Natural Sciences (CASMNS)
      2007-Present Co-Author Collin College Microbiology Lab Manual
      2007-Present Coordinator for Medical Center of Plano Microbiology Lab site visits
      2009-Present Faculty Coordinator for Biotechnology Cooperative Work Experience
      Students
      2008-2012 Distinguished Speaker Series Committee (2010-2012 Faculty Chair)
      2007-2010 Biotechnology Educators Conference Committee Member

      RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
      2013 CASMNS Presenter, “Cow-Chips to Computer Chips: Sequencing Microbial Genomes”
      2012 Career Advisor for ASM Post-Doctoral and Graduate Students
      2010-Present Member of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) and General Meeting Attendee
      2008-2010 Presenter at the Biotechnology Educators Conferences


      RELEVANT SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

      Competent in core molecular biology techniques;
      including; Microbial genome sequencing, PCR, molecular cloning, enzymatic assays, and culture techniques.

      Experience in developing and applying high-throughput assays.
      Examples include all aspects of multi-platform microarrays and related technologies.

      Data analysis and interpretation of large-scale data-sets.
      Utilization of public and commercial software tools for visualization and interpretation of microarray and Genome Sequencing data.

      Knowledgeable in bioinformatic resources and formats.
      Experience includes bioinformatic program design. Experience in multi-platform bioinformatics resources including Windows, Mac OSX, and UNIX.


      PUBLICATIONS

      Lawson, Jonathan, Stephen Albert Johnston. 2006. “Amplification of Sense-Stranded Prokaryotic RNA”. DNA and Cell Biology, 25 (11), 627-634.

      Lawson, Jonathan, C. Rick Lyons, Stephen Albert Johnston. 2006. “Temporal Expression of Yersinia pestis in Mice”. DNA and Cell Biology. 25 (11). 608-616.

      Ng, Kar-wai, Jonathan Lawson, Harold Garner. 2004. “PathoGene: A Pathogen Coding Sequence Discovery and Analysis Resource”. Biotechniques 37 (2), 218-222.

      Yuri Y. Belosludtsev, Dawn Bowerman, Ryan Weil, Nishanth Marthandan, Robert Balog, Kevin Luebke, Jonathan Lawson, Stephen A. Johnston, C. Rick Lyons, Kevin O’Brien, Harold Garner, and Thomas F. Powdrill. 2004. “Organism Identification Using a Genome Sequence-Independent Universal Microarray Probe Set”. Biotechniques , 37 (4), pg. 654-660.

      Orhan K. Oz, Gen Hirasawa, Jonathan N. Lawson, Lydia Nanu, Anca Constantinescu, Peter P. Antich, Ralph P. Mason, Edward Tsyganov, Robert W. Parkey, Joseph E. Zerwekh, Evan R. Simpson. 2001. “Bone Phenotype of the Aromatase Deficient Mouse”. Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 79, pg. 49-59.
      White paper/research:
      2012-present Sequencing and Annotation of a Novel Environmental isolate from an Urban Farm
      • Supported by a NSF Talent Expansion Grant Sub-Award
      2010-2012 Characterization of Tetracycline Resistome Surrounding an Urban Dairy Farm
      • CASMNS supported research project
      2009 -2010 Commercial Innoculant Affects on Soil Microbiota
      • Supported by a Sub-Award from BPR-Agro

      Books/articles published:
      Lawson, Jonathan, Stephen Albert Johnston. 2006. “Amplification of Sense-Stranded Prokaryotic RNA”. DNA and Cell Biology, 25 (11), 627-634.

      Lawson, Jonathan, C. Rick Lyons, Stephen Albert Johnston. 2006. “Temporal Expression of Yersinia pestis in Mice”. DNA and Cell Biology. 25 (11). 608-616.

      Ng, Kar-wai, Jonathan Lawson, Harold Garner. 2004. “PathoGene: A Pathogen Coding Sequence Discovery and Analysis Resource”. Biotechniques 37 (2), 218-222.

      Yuri Y. Belosludtsev, Dawn Bowerman, Ryan Weil, Nishanth Marthandan, Robert Balog, Kevin Luebke, Jonathan Lawson, Stephen A. Johnston, C. Rick Lyons, Kevin O’Brien, Harold Garner, and Thomas F. Powdrill. 2004. “Organism Identification Using a Genome Sequence-Independent Universal Microarray Probe Set”. Biotechniques , 37 (4), pg. 654-660.

      Orhan K. Oz, Gen Hirasawa, Jonathan N. Lawson, Lydia Nanu, Anca Constantinescu, Peter P. Antich, Ralph P. Mason, Edward Tsyganov, Robert W. Parkey, Joseph E. Zerwekh, Evan R. Simpson. 2001. “Bone Phenotype of the Aromatase Deficient Mouse”. Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 79, pg. 49-59.

      Awards/associations/memberships:
      2007-Present Biotechnology Advisory Board Member
      2007-Present Faculty Member and Research Mentor for Center for Advanced Studies in Math and Natural Sciences (CASMNS)
      2007-Present Co-Author Collin College Microbiology Lab Manual
      2007-Present Coordinator for Medical Center of Plano Microbiology Lab site visits
      2009-Present Faculty Coordinator for Biotechnology Cooperative

      Work Experience
      Students
      2008-2012 Distinguished Speaker Series Committee (2010-2012 Faculty Chair)
      2007-2010 Biotechnology Educators Conference Committee Member
      2012-present Sequencing and Annotation of a Novel Environmental isolate from an Urban Farm
      • Supported by a NSF Talent Expansion Grant Sub-Award
      2010-2012 Characterization of Tetracycline Resistome Surrounding an Urban Dairy Farm
      • CASMNS supported research project
      2009 -2010 Commercial Innoculant Affects on Soil Microbiota
      • Supported by a Sub-Award from BPR-Agro

      Prior media experience:
      2007-Present Biotechnology Advisory Board Member
      2007-Present Faculty Member and Research Mentor for Center for Advanced Studies in Math and Natural Sciences (CASMNS)
      2007-Present Co-Author Collin College Microbiology Lab Manual
      2007-Present Coordinator for Medical Center of Plano Microbiology Lab site visits
      2009-Present Faculty Coordinator for Biotechnology Cooperative Work Experience
      Students
      2008-2012 Distinguished Speaker Series Committee (2010-2012 Faculty Chair)
      2007-2010 Biotechnology Educators Conference Committee Member

      Educational background:
      B.S. (Biology, minor Biochemistry) Baylor University, Waco, TX (1998)

      Ph.D. (Molecular Microbiology) University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX (2006)
      Interests:
      2013 CASMNS Presenter, “Cow-Chips to Computer Chips: Sequencing Microbial Genomes”
      2012 Career Advisor for ASM Post-Doctoral and Graduate Students
      2010-Present Member of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) and General Meeting Attendee
      2008-2010 Presenter at the Biotechnology Educators Conferences.

      Competent in core molecular biology techniques;
      including; Microbial genome sequencing, PCR, molecular cloning, enzymatic assays, and culture techniques.

      Experience in developing and applying high-throughput assays.
      Examples include all aspects of multi-platform microarrays and related technologies.

      Data analysis and interpretation of large-scale data-sets.
      Utilization of public and commercial software tools for visualization and interpretation of microarray and Genome Sequencing data.

      Knowledgeable in bioinformatic resources and formats.
      Experience includes bioinformatic program design. Experience in multi-platform bioinformatics resources including Windows, Mac OSX, and UNIX.

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