Rhizobium infection threads (DGage)
Screening mutants (JGraf)
Model of diverging exchange communities
Yeast cells on cheese (DBenson)
Borellia burgdorferi in ticks (UConn EM)
Tree of Life with extinct lineages (JPGogarten)
Frankia sp. strain Cp1 with vesicles (DBenson)
To browse through current faculty research projects consult the web pages of individual faculty members:
David Benson -- Molecular ecology and diversity of bacteria, plant symbionts, molecular adaptations of psychrophilic bacteria, microbial diversity and ecology in traditional cheeses.
Nichole A. Broderick-- Host-microbe interactions, gut homeostasis, impact of microbiome on host physiology and susceptibility to disease
Kenneth Campellone -- Cellular microbiology, E.coli O157, host-pathogen interactions, toxin trafficking, type 3 effector proteins.
Kathleen Feldman -- Environmental microbiology, indoor air quality, fungal contamination of indoor environments, history of microbiology, microbiology education.
Daniel Gage -- Plant-microbe interactions, microbial genetics and physiology of infection in the Rhizobium-legume symbiosis.
J. Peter Gogarten -- Microbial evolution and phylogeny; comparative genome analyses; horizontal gene transfer; early evolution of life.
Joerg 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 of bacteria.
Sarah Hird-- Evolution and ecology of host-associated microbiota, avian gut microbiota, microbial phylogeography, microbial ecology, bioinformatics, ornithology.
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.
Kenneth Noll -- Microbial genetics and biochemical physiology of hyperthermophilic bacteria, carbohydrate transport and the regulation of gene expression in hyperthermophiles.
Spencer Nyholm (Program Head)-- Host-microbe interactions, squid / Vibrio fischeri symbiosis (colonization, interactions with the innate immune system), functional genomics of hydrothermal vent symbioses.
Thane Papke -- Evolution and biogeography of extremophiles using population genetics, genomics and metagenomics to understand the impact of sex on species and speciation.
Carolyn Teschke -- Bacteriophage assembly in vivo and in vitro; structural, biochemical, mutational analysis of bacteriophage capsids; macromolecular protein assembly
Steven Geary (Pathobiology) -- (1) Mycoplasma comparative and functional genomics. (2) Analysis of virulence determinants and variably expressed surface proteins of mycoplasmas. (3) Vaccine development and immunologic and genetic means of analysis for the detection of mycoplasmas.
Pieter Visscher (Marine Sciences) -- Biogeochemical processes in oceanic environments, the fate of methanethiol, dimethylsulfide, methylbromide and methylchloride in oceanic waters.
See the Center for Microbial Systems, Ecology and Evolution (CMSEE) for a listing of other microbiologists at UConn.
Thomas 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.