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
neutrophils, microRNA, cell migration, microbial-host interaction and zebrafish.

Insect Microbial Ecology, Insect-Symbiont Interactions, Metagenomics, Applied Evolutionary Entomology, Vector Biology

Mechanism of the transfer to and expression of the Agrobacterium tumefaciens Ti-plasmid in plant cells
Soil chemistry
veterinary pathology, molecular pathology, immunopathology, mouse models of human disease, inflammatory bowel disease, microbiome, colon cancer, dengue virus
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
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
Metabolic flux analysis of photosynthetic organisms

In the Parkinson lab, we focus on the discovery of novel antibiotic and anticancer natural products from cryptic biosynthetic gene clusters found in soil dwelling

Currently we are studying flavi viruses (e.g. Zika, dengue, yellow fever,) Common cold viruses, bacterial viruses and many other viruses
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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