Research into Arthrobacter bactriophage

Hi guys,

This past semester (spring 2018) I spent my time working in the SEA Phage lab as a part of my Biology 1113 course at the Ohio State University. In this lab I collected soil samples around Ohio State’s campus and tested them with Arthrobacter sp. bacteria in order to see if bacteriophage, which is a category of viruses that infect bacteria, was present. After finding that one of my samples contained bacteriophage that could infect this bacteria, I worked to purify my sample and then increase the bacteriophage populations on my plates. Then I worked to extract and then analyze my phage’s DNA using gel electrophoresis. Lastly, I wrote a research paper on this bacteriophage talking about my methods, materials, results, and what my phage has to offer the world. I have attached it to this post so that you can read it. This type of novel bacteriophage could one day lead to new ways to kill unwanted Arthrobacter living in the soil. Arthrobacter has been found to break down many pesticides normally used to treat crops. If this type of bacteriophage was added to a soil treatment it would kill the excess Arthrobacter which would allow farmers to use less pesticides as they would last longer.

Bacteriophage research paper-qpi55s

End of Semester Reflection

My first semester at The Ohio State University has been an eventful one. I have met many new people both within the Biological Sciences Scholars Program and outside of it and I have developed close ties with these people. I have learned a lot both inside and outside of the classroom. This includes learning a lot about how I learn best and how to harness this knowledge in order to better prepare for my classes. I have also learned how to live independently using the resources available to me at this university. All in all I would say that my first semester at The Ohio State University has been a success.



Attached above is my current resume. Feel free to check it out and learn more about what I have done over the past few years.

Scholars Tailgate Event

Raney House

For my scholars event I attended the Scholars football tailgate in the Raney House Boulder Room. There were students from various scholars programs in attendance and we all tailgated together before the football game. This event allowed to me to get to know students in other scholars programs as well as continue getting to know my peers in the Biological Sciences Scholars Program. I found this beneficial because it helped me to make friends outside of those living in Barrett House.

ADHD Research Essay

ADHD research paper-rhw498


In my senior year of high school I had the opportunity to individually research a topic that related to the field of psychology. I chose to research Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I had to use peer-reviewed research from researchers in the field of psychology or neurology. I then had to put all of the research together and formulate my own research paper. Through this experience I learned how to find and understand peer reviewed sources in medical journals. I also learned how to write a research paper with properly cited, annotated sources. I also now understand ADHD and other mental illnesses much better. In the future I plan to use these skills to help me write better research papers in the future. Additionally I believe that this will help me understand the relations between biology, chemistry, the environment and psychology. This allows me to be able to fully grasp the holistic nature of modern medicine and it could help me one day be a better doctor.

About Me

Hi, my name is Ryan Schnautz and I am a student at The Ohio State University who is a part of the Biological Sciences Scholars Program. I am from Cincinnati, Ohio and I am majoring in biology on the pre-medicine track. I am working towards becoming a doctor, specifically a neurologist. In my free time I play the saxophone and I am a member of one of Ohio State’s jazz bands. I am looking forward to all of the opportunities that are available to members of the Biological Sciences Scholars Program.

Welcome to my Honors & Scholars e-Portfolio


I am Ryan and I am a freshman in the Biological Sciences Scholars Program at The Ohio State University. I am currently majoring in Biology. I would like to take the time to welcome you to my Honors and Scholars e-Portfolio. Feel free to search around and see what I have been up to on campus.


Global Awareness: I have continued to learn about the Spanish language and culture in order to continue making myself more globally aware.
Original Inquiry: I plan to get involved with university research next semester in order to try to expand my work with original inquiry and furthering my own knowledge by exploring the world around me.
Academic Enrichment: I have continued to challenge myself with advanced coursework in the fields of science and mathematics. Additionally, I have gotten involved with the pre-med club on campus in order to learn what I have to do in the future to be a competitive applicant for medical school.
Leadership Development: I have continued to lead by helping others with their coursework and studying for exams. I have helped tutor my peers and I helped become a leader through that experience.
Service Engagement: Next semester I plan on getting involved in volunteering at the Wexner Medical Center or the James Cancer Research center to help others and become a better person in the process.