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.
Graf Lab Website
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.
Klassen Lab Website
Professor, Ph.D. and Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Research and Education
Environmental Microbiology, indoor air quality, fungal contamination of indoor environments, history of microbiology, microbiology education.
Undergraduate education, germination pathways in Bacillus spp., soil microbiology and novel antibiotic production from environmental bacteria.
Affiliated Faculty Members in Other Departments
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.
Biogeochemical processes in oceanic environments, the fate of methanethiol, dimethylsulfide, methyl bromide and methyl chloride in oceanic waters.
Microbial physiology and prokaryotic molecular biology. Evolution and molecular ecology of plant microbe symbioses in actinorhizal plants. Physiology, biochemistry, and evolution of bacteria. Ecology and diversity of microorganisms in foods. Frankia Website
Microbiology education, developing new approaches and materials for microbiology educators, Web-based teaching.
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.
Microbial physiology and genetics applied to biotechnology and environmental microbiology, antimicrobial and biocidal agents, synthetic biodegradable polymers, biodegradation.