Jake Cohen

Jake Cohen

M.S. Student


2150 Koyukuk Drive
245 O’Neill Building
Fairbanks, AK 99775


University of Montana
B.S. Microbiology





In 2019, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at the University of Montana. During my undergraduate education, I spent two years at UM's Bacteriophage Pathobiology Lab. Here, I completed projects relating to the effects of Pf phage on the evolution of antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. I spent the summer of 2019 at the Flathead Lake Biological Station, where I engaged studies on periphyton ecology, stream metabolism, and diel zooplankton migration. My research at UAF will focus on the response of marine cyanobacteria to increasing carbon dioxide concentrations. I am also interested in investigating the role that cyanophage play in regulating the carbon capture mechanisms of these cyanobacteria. After the completion of my MS, I plan on continuing this research and obtaining a PhD in the hopes of obtaining a faculty research position. In my free time, I enjoy travel, backpacking, running, and pretty much anything outdoors!



  • Marine microbiology
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Bacteriophage physiology