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Biology and Agriculture

W.C. Morris Building
Room 306
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Dr. Fanson Kidwaro, Chair
Phone: 660-543-4933



Department of Biology and Earth Science

Dr. Anna Oller

Professor of BiologyDr. Oller

Education

B. A. Chadron State College
Ph. D. South Dakota State University

Dr. Anna Oller has been a faculty member at Central since 2000 and has worked her way up the ranks to Professor. She obtained her B.A. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska, and rotated through her clinicals in Iowa to become board certified. She obtained her Ph.D. from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota with an emphasis in Microbiology and Molecular Biology.She is a member in several organizations: American Society for Microbiology, American Society for Clinical Pathologists, and Missouri Academy of Science. She is currently the Councilor of the Missouri Branch of ASM.

She currently serves as a Medical Technology, Radiologic Technology, Pre-Vet, Pre-Med, and Pre-Professional areas advisor, and is an advisor of the Paramedico and Pre-Veterinary clubs

Dr. Oller currently teaches Biol 3611 Microbiology with lab, Biol 3410 Forensic Science (taught every other Fall), Biol 4516 Hematology/Virology (taught every other Spring), Biol 4517 Serology lab (currently every other Spring), Biol 4311 Parasitology and lab (Fall), and Biol 5614 Bioterrorism (taught every other Spring).

She has also served on many departmental, college, and university committees and helped write letters for over 50 students who were successfully admitted to graduate and professional programs.

Dr. Oller’s research interests include polysaccharide and melanin regulation mechanisms in the fungus Aureobasidium pullulans, Staphylococus aureus transmission mechanisms, antibiotic resistance mechanisms, food microbiology, and ecological relationships to disease. Almost any topic dealing with clinical microbiology is of interest. She has served as a mentor for over 45 undergraduate research projects, many with internal funding, and multiple graduate student projects.

 

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Selected Publications & Activities:

Graduate Research Projects

Undergraduate Research Projects

Spring 2014
Alea Brunsworth (3 hrs) Identifying skin microbial populations
Carrie Cavolovich (3 hrs) Oral hygiene and impact on soft tissue microbial recovery
Niki Krueger (Honor's) Oral microbial flora survey on general and selective media

Fall 2013
Jay Mauthe (Honor's) Comparison of tinted and nontinted paint at covering up blood spatter
Brad Combs (3 hrs) Using Trypsin on red blood cells to determine effects on Kell
Adrian Carder (Honor's) Examination of Blood from a Jamaican population
John Burton (Honor's) Identification of bacteria from contact lenses

Spring 2013
Courtney Klaty (Honor's) Determination of E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter & Shigella from chicken
Brittany Potts (3 hrs) Determination of E. coli, Salmonella, & Shigella from Lettuce and Spinach
Brad Combs (3 hrs) Removal of Kell Antigens from red blood cells
Jay Muthe (McNair) Research Mentor: Blood spatter detection through paint layers
Jacob Heldenbrand (McNair) Department mentor helping with siRNA

Fall 2012
Shantelle Brown (4 hr) Isolation of Bacteria and Fungi on Human Scalps and Weaves
Josh Holbert (Honor's) Measurement of Physical, Mental, and Emotional Impairments Suffered by Football Players

Spring 2012
Dakota Shade (2 Hr): Tick attraction to CO2.

2011
Thomas Burgess (Honors): Bacterial inhibition on latex and silicone catheters.
Weslin Thomas (Honors): Staphylococcus and Pseudomonas recovery from different types of cell phones and the skin of the face and ear.
Katelyn Brier (4 Hr): Effects of triclosan concentrations on antibiotic sensitivity of Salmonella spp.

Spring 2010
Scott Reed Spec. Prob. (1 Hr) REVALENCE OF RICKETTSIA SPECIES IN MISSOURI TICKS.
Kristen Perdue Spec. Prob. (1 Hr) ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE OF ACINETOBACTER BAUMANII.
Sarah Leonard (Honors) DO BASKETBALLS SERVE AS A SOURCE OF METHICILLIN RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS IN WOMEN’S COLLEGIATE BASKETBALL?

2009
Scott Reed Spec. Prob. (3 Hr) PCR techniques.
Rachel Skaggs Spec. Prob. (3 Hr) Chemical and UV induced mutations in Bacillus, Staphylococcus and Mycobacterium.
Katie Yarber Spec. Prob. (2 Hr) Heartworm Prevalence in Canines and Felines in Missouri.
Alexis Eaton (Honors) Do the number of paint layers affect blood detection by luminol?

2008
Tyler Laughlin & Greg Waag Spec. Prob. (2 Hr) Worked on recruitment and isolation of Staphylococcus aureus from college students.
Jessica Little (Honors). Isolation of Camplyobacter and gram negative bacteria from canines in a local shelter.
Barbara Hagens McNair Scholar. Do artificial nails harbor more bacteria than native fingernails?

2007
Sara Faulk. THE EFFECTS OF ANTACIDS, PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS, AND PROBIOTICS ON GROWTH OF CLOSTRIDIUM SPOROGENES.
Marilyn Hillsman. McNair Scholar. Determination of Incidence and Prevalence of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in Johnson County, Missouri.

Spring 2007
Cheryl Dunham. Staphylococcus and E. coli viability and recovery from bathroom loofahs and sponges. (Honors)

2006
Kenny Guillotte. Isolation of bacteria from a Salamander and Iguanas using molecular techniques. Spec. Prob. (3 Hr)
Ashley Mitchell. Staphylococcus recovery from towels and earrings. (Honors)
Trisha Frazer. McNair Scholar. Do antacids change stomach pH enough to allow Clostridium and Bacillus to grow?
Clarissa Brown. McNair Scholar. Comparison of Yeast Growth and Alcohol Production to Varying Bacterial Levels of Lactobacillus acidophilus.
Priscilla Richie. LoMoAMP. Genotype versus phenotype of Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus faecalis.
Amber Ferguson. Isolation of bacteria from consumer products. (Honors)
Ashley Willard. Isolation of bacteria from consumer products. (Honors)
Matt Hasty. Identification and Quantification of E. coli from bathrooms. (Honors)

2005
Matt Hasty. Yeast Identification from the Human Oral Cavity. Spec. Prob. (1 Hr)
Sarah Neurnberger. Fecal Coliforms in water in Jamaica. Spec. Prob. (1 Hr)

2004
Cassandra Quick. Microbial techniques utilized in processing bacteria. Spec. Prob. (1 Hr)

2003
Katherine Cashell. Chemical composition of teeth and its relationship to cavities. Spec. Prob. (1 Hr)
Jenoa McCalister. Cellular and antibacterial effects by osmium chloride and UV radiation on Micrococcus roseus and Streptococcus durans. (Honors)
Margaret Lange. Synthesis and investigation of antibacterial activity of mono- and dimethyl substituted benzhydrol and benzophenone. (Honors) Finished her Ph.D. at MU, working on HIV.

2002
Margaret Lange (McNair recipient). Synthesis and investigation of antibacterial activity of model compounds derived from dapsone. Spec. Prob. (3 Hr)
Margaret Lange. Mutational effects of osmium chloride and manganese II on UV resistant Micrococcus luteus and Streptococcus pneumoniae. Spec. Prob. (1 Hr)

2001
Lorissa Sessor (McNair recipient). Mutability of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Proteus mirabilis by manganese and UV light. Spec. Prob. (3 Hr)
Nicole Wagner (HAMP URE recipient). Does pullulan or Aureobasidium pullulans inhibit other bacteria and fungi? Spec. Prob. (1 Hr)

Awards

Dr. Oller was awarded the Essential Piece Award from the department in 2007.
Dr. Olelr was named Student Advisor of the Year in 2013.

URC Graduate Student Awards

  • 2007 Adam Walter 2nd place thesis award—plaque and monetary compensation
  • 2005 Kimberly Keane 2nd place thesis award—plaque and monetary compensation

Missouri Academy of Science

  • 3rd Place, Chemistry division: Margaret Lange, 2003
  • 3rd Place, Biology division: Jenoa McCalister, 2003

Missouri Valley & Missouri Branch (American Society of Microbiology)

  • 2nd Place Presentation: Courtney Klaty, 2013
  • 1st Place Graduate Presentation: Geoffrey Vincent, 2012
  • 2nd Place Presentation: Dakota Shade, 2012
  • 1st Place Presentation: Scott Reed, 2011
  • 2nd Place Presentation: Sarah Leonard, 2010
  • 3rd Place Presentation: Scott Reed, 2010
  • 2nd Place Presentation: Margaret Lange 2003
  • 2nd Pace Presentation: Matt Hasty 2006

McNair Scholars Awards

  • 2nd Place: Barbara Hagens, 2008
  • 1st Place: Margaret Lange, 2002

UCM Research Symposium

  • 1st place poster: Kenny Guillotte, 2007
  • 1st place poster: Margaret Lange, 2003
Department of Biology and Agriculture
Office: WCM 312, UCM
Phone: 660-543-4934
Email: oller@ucmo.edu