Microbiology Faculty

Research Faculty

Kenneth Campellone
Assistant Professor, PhD

Cellular microbiology, E.coli O157, host-pathogen interactions, toxin trafficking, type 3 effector proteins.
Campellone Lab Website

Daniel Gage
Professor, PhD

Plant-microbe interactions, microbial genetics and physiology of infection in the Rhizobium-legume symbiosis.
Gage Lab Website

J. Peter Gogarten
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, PhD

Microbial evolution and phylogeny; comparative genome analyses; horizontal gene transfer; early evolution of life.
Gogarten Lab Website

Joerg Graf
Professor, PhD

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

Sarah Hird
Assistant Professor, PhD

Evolution and ecology of host-associated microbiota, avian gut microbiota, microbial phylogeography, microbial ecology, bioinformatics, ornithology.
Hird Lab Website

Jonathan Klassen
Assistant Professor, PhD

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

Kenneth Noll
Professor, PhD

Microbial genetics and biochemical physiology of hyperthermophilic bacteria, carbohydrate transport and the regulation of gene expression in hyperthermophiles.
Noll Lab Website

Spencer Nyholm
Professor, PhD and Microbiology Head

Host-microbe interactions, squid / Vibrio fischeri symbiosis (colonization, interactions with the innate immune system), functional genomics of hydrothermal vent symbioses.
Nyholm Lab Website

Kat Milligan-Myhre
Assistant Professor, PhD

How host genetic background contributes to the balance between the immune response to microbiota in the gut and intestinal microbial membership.
Milligan-Myhre Lab Website

Thane Papke
Professor, PhD

Evolution and biogeography of extremophiles using population genetics, genomics, and metagenomics to understand the impact of sex on species and speciation.
Papke Lab Website

Carolyn Teschke
Professor, PhD and Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Research and Education

Bacteriophage assembly in vivo and in vitro; structural, biochemical, mutational analysis of bacteriophage capsids; macromolecular protein assembly
Teschke Lab Website

Teaching Faculty

Kathleen Feldman
Associate Professor-in-Residence

Environmental Microbiology, indoor air quality, fungal contamination of indoor environments, history of microbiology, microbiology education.

Patricia Rossi
Assistant Professor-in-Residence

Undergraduate education, germination pathways in Bacillus spp., soil microbiology and novel antibiotic production from environmental bacteria.

Affiliated Faculty Members in Other Departments

Steven Geary
Professor, PhD Pathobiology and Veterinary Science

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
Professor, PhD Marine Sciences

Biogeochemical processes in oceanic environments, the fate of methanethiol, dimethylsulfide, methyl bromide and methyl chloride in oceanic waters.

See the Center for Microbial Systems, Ecology and Evolution (CMSEE) for a listing of other microbiologists at UConn.


David Benson
Professor Emeritus, PhD

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

Thomas Terry
Professor Emeritus, PhD

Microbiology education, developing new approaches and materials for microbiology educators, Web-based teaching.

Robert Vinopal
Professor Emeritus, PhD

Microbial physiology and genetics applied to biotechnology and environmental microbiology, antimicrobial and biocidal agents, synthetic biodegradable polymers, biodegradation.