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Date: August 19, 2010

Mary Bea Drummond
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OSU researchers inspire Tufts student

Photo:  Tufts dental student Greg Lane (left) and OSU professor Robert Conrad, Ph.D., prepare collection disks to attach to the bells of band wind instruments.

TULSA, Okla. – Inspiration and mentoring are central to research education and Greg Lane, a second-year student at Tufts School of Dental Medicine in Boston, has been inspired by Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences’ veteran researchers and professors Tom Glass, D.D.S., Ph.D., Robert S. Conrad, Ph.D., Gerwald Köhler, Ph.D., and senior research assistant Jay Bullard.

Lane assisted the team in a summer research experiment to measure possible contamination of band wind instruments. Glass is a professor of Forensic Sciences, Pathology, and Dental Medicine and adjunct professor of Microbiology. Conrad is a professor of Microbiology, Köhler, is an assistant professor of Microbiology and Bullard holds a graduate degree in Microbiology.

The purpose of this research session was to help determine possible contaminates and to refine data collection methods for future studies “We set up experiments, tested, and tabulated results,” Lane said.

The instruments were played for five minutes with a microbial collection disks attached to the bell of the instrument. Percussion instruments were tested by placing collection disks nearby as they were played.

Preliminary analysis showed some bacteria, and yeasts and molds. “The next stage is two-fold: identifying types of bacteria, yeasts, and molds and perfecting data collection method for a study in Boston area,” Lane said.

The experience has inspired his research goals. “The time I spent at OSU got me excited about doing more research,” he said. “The OSU team is very active in the research community and is on the cutting edge of this type of research.”


Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer eight graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates eight clinics, six in Tulsa, one in Enid and one in Muskogee. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.