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Dr. Marilyn B. Kilgen Ph.D.

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Phone: (985) ***-****  
Email: m***@***.edu
Nicholls State University
906 East 1St Street
Thibodaux , Louisiana 70301
United States

Company Description: The Nicholls Worth, a college media publication.

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Motivatit Sales Sheet, 22 Sept 2003 [cached]
Curious about whether it might kill off the vibrio bacterium, Voisin and a Louisiana microbiologist, Marilyn B. Kilgen, set about arranging for tests.
What Voisin and Kilgen did not anticipate was that the procedure also left the oyster perfectly shucked and intact, ready to be scooped or shaken out of its shell and eaten whole.
Kilgen, chairman of the biology department at Nicholls State University in Louisiana, was the one who opened the oysters in her lab after the tests. When she saw the oyster was shucked, her heart seemed to skip a beat.
"That was one of the highlights in my research career," she said. Mechanical shucking "had been on the back burner for every industry person for so long -- I'd been to meetings where a machine took up the whole stage and a computer would calculate the impact of a knife on a hinge -- but the bottom line is, you still had to cut the muscle loose from the shell, and machines couldn't do that right."
Kilgen called Ernie Voisin and told him the news.
The science of what had taken place was relatively simple, Kilgen said.
Welcome to the Best of New Orleans! Cover Story 11 18 03, 7 Dec 2003 [cached]
Marilyn Kilgen, head of the department of biological science at Nicholls State University and an expert on seafood safety and pathogens, says there might be reason for unease.It all depends on how far out the sewage is discharged and how well it's treated, she says."I know it seems like when you're three miles off shore nothing can ever come back to the beaches and oyster beds," she says.
USMSFP - U.S. Marine Shrimp Farming Program, 6 Feb 2011 [cached]
Dr. Marilyn B. Kilgen Nicholls State University
Two issues: (1) Prohibition on sale of live Louisiana oysters; and (2) Beneficial use for Bayou Lafourche sediment. | LaCoastPost [cached]
The press coverage of this issue has largely omitted any mention of the scientist who is arguably Louisiana's leading authority on microbial pathogens in shellfish, Professor Marilyn Kilgen at Nicholl's State University. That is changing and I expect to see Dr. Kilgen's name in future press accounts of the issue.
Nicholl's Professor Marilyn Kilgen
Nicholl's Professor Marilyn Kilgen
HoumaToday - Biology master’s program to begin this fall, 18 Mar 2002 [cached]
THIBODAUX – Marilyn Kilgen knew her staff was good.So good, in fact, that she was ready to vouch for them before the contentious state Board of Regents and defend their teaching and research skills to anybody who cared to listen.
It was five years ago that Kilgen first entertained the idea of bringing a graduate-level program in biology to Nicholls State University, a homegrown school known mostly for its education and nursing programs.
Kilgen, head of Nicholls' Biological Sciences Department, knew a master's-in-biology degree program would serve the needs of many local students who are interested in studying marine science but unable to make the lengthy commute to universities in Baton Rouge or New Orleans.
It took some convincing and thousands of pages of detailed notes, but Kilgen's proposal to add a graduate-degree option for students who enroll in her 15-member department has been accepted by state education officials.Students can opt to get a master's degree in biological sciences at Nicholls starting in September.
Biology is the first department at Nicholls – outside education and nursing – to have a graduate-level program.
"My goal was to become a true research department where graduate students can research with the faculty and be given the higher degrees that many, many state agencies require," said Kilgen, a microbiologist who has spent three decades teaching at Nicholls.
"Of all my years here, this is the most exciting thing I've ever done, by far," said Kilgen.
Nicholls' program will be similar to other universities that offer the advanced degree, but because of its location, the school will place perhaps a heavier emphasis on marine and environmental sciences, Kilgen said.
Students will study Gulf Coast estuaries and be expected to do research on environmental issues that affect southeastern Louisiana, such as burning sugar-cane fields and bacteria in oysters.
"We decided to do research directly applicable to issues here," said Kilgen."This is one of the best areas in the country to study marine and environmental biology.We hope this will be a place students from everywhere will come to because of the location."
The graduate degree will enhance the productivity of important research coming from Nicholls biology professors, each of whom has a doctorate degree and a specific research interest, said Kilgen.
"We do not hire anyone here who does not intend to research," she said.
Between 400 and 600 undergraduates are enrolled in Nicholls' Biology Department each year.Thirty-five graduates, including about 10 full-time research assistants, are expected to join this September.
The master's program will require 35 hours of coursework, including 18 hours of core background classes, such as marine and environmental biology.Students will have the opportunity to spend their summers studying at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium research center in Cocodrie, which offers classes in coastal field geology and coral reef ecology.
Three types of students are expected to enroll in the graduate program:
Although night classes will be offered, the graduate program is mainly intended for serious students who have the time for in-depth research, said Kilgen.
Two positions will be added – a master's-level instructor and a bachelor's-level instructor who will teach mostly freshman lab courses.With 17 full-time professors, that would make biology one of Nicholls' largest schools.
Students interested in registering for the graduate biology program can fill out an application online starting next month.For information, visit or call (985) 448-4700.
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