Microbiology Faculty in MCB (click on the names for more information)
Benson -- Molecular ecology and diversity of bacteria,
plant symbionts, molecular adaptations of psychrophilic bacteria,
microbial diversity and ecology in traditional cheeses.
Gage -- Plant-microbe interactions, microbial genetics
and physiology of infection in the Rhizobium-legume symbiosis.
Peter Gogarten -- Microbial evolution and phylogeny; comparative
genome analyses; horizontal gene transfer; early evolution of
Graf -- Animal-microbe interactions, digestive-tract symbiosis, pathogenic microbes,
microbial evolution, high-throughput DNA sequencing, and the use of 16S rRNA genes in the classification
- Jonathan Klassen -- Microbial community ecology, especially using the fungus-growing ant symbiosis as a model system to study the evolution of microbial interaction networks; microbial natural product genomics, evolution and chemical ecology
Noll -- Microbial genetics and biochemical physiology
of hyperthermophilic bacteria, carbohydrate transport and the
regulation of gene expression in hyperthermophiles.
Nyholm -- Host-microbe interactions, squid / Vibrio
fischeri symbiosis (colonization, interactions with the innate
immune system), functional genomics of hydrothermal vent symbioses.
Papke -- Evolution and biogeography of extremophiles
using population genetics, genomics and metagenomics to understand
the impact of sex on species and speciation.
- Mary Rumpho-Kennedy -- Endosymbiotic association between algal (Vaucheria litorea) chloroplasts and a marine mollusc (Elysia chlorotica), resulting in photosynthetic sea slugs.
Affiliated Faculty Members in Other Departments
Geary (Pathobiology) -- 1. Mycoplasma genomics, microarray
(expression) analysis, proteomics. 2. Pathogenic mechanisms of
mycoplasmas. Mechanisms of attachment; cytadherence molecules
and host cell receptors. Investigation of variably expressed cell
surface proteins. 3. Vaccine Development. Immunologic and genetic
means of analysis for the detection and speciation of mycoplasmas.
Visscher (Marine Sciences) -- Biogeochemical processes
in oceanic environments, the fate of methanethiol, dimethylsulfide,
methylbromide and methylchloride in oceanic waters.
Beck von Bodman (Plant Science) -- Molecular biology of
host-microbe interactions. Quorum-sensing-mediated control of
bacterial virulence factors. Plant genetic engineering for crop
improvement and enhanced disease resistance.
Leadbetter -- Microbial ecology, physiology, and diversity;
biochemistry and physiology of gliding motility in gliding bacteria,
and of sulfur and sulfonate metabolism.
Terry -- Microbiology education, developing new approaches
and materials for microbiology educators, Web-based teaching.
- Robert Vinopal -- Microbial physiology and genetics applied
to biotechnology and environmental microbiology, antimicrobial
and biocidal agents, synthetic biodegradable polymers, biodegradation.
- Antonio Romano -- Microbial physiology, sugar transport
and general microbiology.
Yeast cells on cheese (DB)
Rikenella in leech gut - FISH stain (JG)
Borellia burgdorferi in ticks (UConn EM)