Dr. Jayant works with the sea urchin Lytechnius variegatus and marine bacteria associated with this urchin. One of her research projects involves extending the shelf-life of sea urchin eggs for laboratory use using liposomes. Given the limited life span of isolated eggs from L. variegatus, one aim of this work has been to make sea urchin gametes more readily available and useful for developmental research and for class experiments in Biology labs. Another aim of the research is to isolate and identify marine bacteria associated with these urchins. Some of these bacteria harbor plasmids and some produce agar and alginate degrading enzymes. Research projects focus on characterizing these bacteria and their plasmids. Dr. Jayant collaborates with Dr. Christine Priano on many projects that involve organisms that coexist in marine environments. Much of the research has been supported by funds from a BMCC Faculty Development Grant, BMCC Publications Grant, and an ASCB Linkage Fellow Grant. BMCC students that have engaged in this research have presented their work at local and national conferences.