Samantha Orchard

Associate Professor of Practice - School of Plant Sciences
(520) 621-3969

Educational Background

  • NIH postdoctoral fellow, bacterial genetics, San Diego State University (Dr. Anca Segall)
  • Ph.D., Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Dr. Heidi Goodrich-Blair)
  • B.S., Microbiology, University of Washington-Seattle

Research Interests

  • Biotechnology
  • Heterologous protein production

Selected Publications

1. Orchard SS, Rostron JE, Segall AM (2012). “Escherichia coli enterobactin synthesis and uptake mutants are hypersensitive to an antimicrobial peptide that limits the availability of iron in addition to blocking Holliday junction resolution”, Microbiology, vol. 158, 547-559.
2. Peterson SW, Orchard SS, Menon S (2011). “Penicillium menonorum, a new species related to P. pimiteouiense”, IMA Fungus, vol. 2, 121-125.
3. Chaston JM et al. (2011). "The entomopathogenic bacterial endosymbionts Xenorhabdus and Photorhabdus: convergent lifestyles from divergent genomes", PLoS One, vol. 6, e27909.
4. Park Y, Herbert EE, Cowles CE, Cowles KN, Menard ML, Orchard SS, Goodrich-Blair H (2007). “Clonal variation in Xenorhabdus nematophila virulence and suppression of Manduca sexta immunity”, Cellular Microbiology, vol. 9, 645-656.
5. Garcia-Russell N, Orchard SS, Segall AM (2007). “Probing nucleoid structure in bacteria using phage lambda Integrase-mediated chromosome rearrangements”, Methods in Enzymology, vol. 421, 209-226.
6. Orchard SS, Goodrich-Blair H (2005). “An encoded N-terminal extension results in low levels of heterologous protein production in Escherichia coli”, Microbial Cell Factories, vol.4. PMCID:1190211.
7. Orchard SS, Goodrich-Blair H (2005). “Pyrimidine nucleoside salvage confers an advantage to Xenorhabdus nematophila in its host interactions”, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol. 71, 6254-6259.
8. Orchard SS, Goodrich-Blair H (2004). “Identification and functional characterization of a Xenorhabdus nematophila oligopeptide permease”, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol. 70, 5621-5627.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PLS 170C2 Introductory Biotechnology (online Tier 1 Natural Sciences General Education course; Fall/Spring/Summer)
  • MCB/MIC/PLS 340 Introduction to Biotechnology (foundational concepts that drive Biotechnology; Fall)
  • PLS 340L Biotechnology laboratory (hands-on microbial molecular biology, cloning, heterologous protein production; Spring)
  • PLS 434 Industrial Biotechnology (especially the use of microbial fermentation to make biotechnology products; Fall)