Mary Coughter, Ph.D. candidate, subject of VPM film

Oct. 26, 2022

The film focuses on her research on microorganisms in the James River.

Woman on the banks of the water with blue gloves on performing an experiment with the water
Mary Coughter taking samples on the James River.

Mary Coughter, a Ph.D. candidate from the Center for Life Sciences Education, is the subject and narrator of a short film from VPM. Her research focuses on antibiotic resistant organisms that are found in the James River.  Data collected at different locations provide critical information on pathogens in the river. This can be used to inform and educate the public about the environmental health of the waterways that flow through central Virginia, and what can be done to protect them. 

The Rice Rivers Center Research Facility and the on-site labs provided a home base this summer for Coughter. 

Rima B. Franklin, Ph.D., associate professor and department chair for VCU Department of Biology, is Coughter's advisor.


 Coughter's collaboration with VPM, "Antibiotic Resistant Pathogens in the James River," can be seen below in its entirety.