Interdisciplinary Life Science - PULSe Great research is a matter of choice


Research includes:

  • Biocatalysis
  • Bioremediation
  • Cellular Microbiology
  • Functional Genomics
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Metabolic Flux Analysis
  • Microbe-Host Interactions
  • Microbial Diversity
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Microbial Ecophysiology
  • Microbial Genomics
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular Stress Response
  • Protein Phosphorylation
  • Signal Transduction

Training Group Mission:

Students in the Microbiology Training Group receive a broad background in biochemistry, cellular biology, cellular microbiology, ecology, environmental biology, microbial biology, microbial physiology, molecular biology, and molecular genetics. This training provides students with the expertise for positions in fields ranging from basic research on microbial systems and ecosystems, through environmental management of contaminated habitats and infectious disease prevention, to applications of microbial activities, to food processing, and biotechnology.

Faculty Membership

Research Area
Bacteriophage, bioreporters in bioelectronics, metabolic engineering, recombinant bacterial strains, microbial ecology
Pathogen detection, pathogenic mechanism of enteric pathogens
Mechanisms of the responses of bacteria to osmotic stress; genetic engineering of plant cells with increased tolerance of salinity stress
Leukocytes response to infection, discovery of agents to suppress inflamation
Parasitology, Immunology, Cellular Trafficking, Vaccine Development
Molecular stable-isotope biogeochemistry, microbial cycling of carbon and nitrogen, preservation of lipids and macromolecules
Mechanism of the transfer to and expression of the Agrobacterium tumefaciens Ti-plasmid in plant cells
Speciality Crop Production Systems
Molecular Genetics and Pathology - molecular and genetic basis of maize's interaction with fungal pathogens; disease lesion mimic mutants and programmed cell death in maize
Soil chemistry
veterinary pathology, molecular pathology, immunopathology, mouse models of human disease, inflammatory bowel disease, microbiome, colon cancer, dengue virus
Immune cell development, trafficking and effector function
Viral gene expression; virus-host interactions; pathogenesis; virus receptors and virus assembly
Systems biology of host-pathogen interactions; dengue virus; malaria parasites; protein-protein interactions
Diagnostic pathology, molecular pathology, and immunohistopathology of infectious, toxic, and neoplastic diseases
Dietary controls on the gut microbiome, host-microbe and microbe-microbe metabolic exchange, gut inflammation and enteropathogenesis
Molecular Virology - function of viral genes in virus replication, disease development, and virus control
Type IV protein secretion of Legionella pneumophila; intracellular multiplication and trafficking of bacterial pathogens
Biochemistry, Signal Transduction, Microbiology
Molecular Genetics of Plant Immunity - with emphasis on host defense response to necrotrophic fungi
Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry
Metabolic flux analysis of photosynthetic organisms
Microbial ecology
Biotransformation of organic pollutants, microbially-mediated reductive dehalogenation, bioremediation
Electrical & computer engineering
Applied mathematics, dispersed phase systems, biochemical engineering, chemical reaction engineering
Polysaccharide structures, plant cell and bacterial cell wall analysis, extraction and purification of acidic polysaccharides, pectin analysis
Functional genomics of insect detoxification, digestion, and hormone action.
photsynthesis, nitrogen fixation and hydrogen production in cyanobacteria; genomics of unicellular, diazotrophic cyanobacteria; and gene regulation.
Metabolic Engineering, Systems/Synthetic Biology, Protein Engineering, Microbial Ecology, Biofuels, -OMICS based approaches
Salmonella typhimurium Type III secretion; actin cytoskeleton rearrangements and bacteria-host interactions

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