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Department of Biology

Faculty & Research

Research Strengths

Microbial Interactions and Pathogenesis

Many bacteria routinely cultivated in the laboratory cope with much more challenging and diverse environments in nature. For example, Escherichia coli can be easily cultivated in pure culture in vitro. This bacteria’s normal home, however, is the mammalian gut; there it must compete with a complex consortia of microorganisms for nutrients, space and avoid host immune defenses. Our group is interested in the fascinating mechanisms microbes employ to survive in such complex environments. For example, we study how bacterial pathogens attach to and invade their hosts, while simultaneously counter-acting immune responses. We have also made fundamental discoveries concerning how bacteria associate with environmental surfaces and form complex communities such as biofilms. Finally, we are exploring how bacteria communicate with one another and are defining how bacteria interact as populations. Synergy among our groups provides an excellent training environment for students who are interested in understanding the molecular tools bacteria have evolved to become the most ubiquitous, abundant, and diverse life forms on earth.

Prospective students please note:  Emeritus faculty generally do not accept new graduate students.

Faculty Member Contact Description
Thumbnail photo for Farrah Bashey-Visser Farrah Bashey-Visser
Assistant Scientist

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
fbasheyv [at]
Sycamore Hall 039
Evolutionary ecology of life-history and social strategies, evolution of virulence.
Thumbnail photo for Carl Bauer Carl Bauer
Adjunct: Professor and Chair of Biochemistry

bauer [at]
SI 305A / SI 313 / 317 (lab)
Oxygen and light regulation or gene expression; Biosynthesis of heme and chlorophyll; Prokaryotic development.
Thumbnail photo for James Bever James Bever
Professor of Biology

jbever [at]

Ecology and evolution of plants and fungi.
Thumbnail photo for Yves Brun Yves Brun
Clyde Culbertson Professor of Biology

ybrun [at]
JH 447G / JH 447F (lab)
Mechanism, regulation, and evolution of bacterial shape, differentiation, and biofilm formation.
Thumbnail photo for Karen Bush Karen Bush
Professor of Practice in Biotechnology, Adjunct Professor of Biology

karbush [at]
SI 102B
Antibiotic mechanisms of action and resistance; Antibacterial drug discovery and drug development.
Thumbnail photo for Ankur Dalia Ankur Dalia
Assistant Professor of Biology

ankdalia [at]
812-856-1895 (office)
JH 469A (ofc), JH 455 (lab)
Mechanisms and regulation of biofilm formation, natural transformation, and metabolism in Vibrio cholerae. Using and developing novel genetic tools to dissect the biology of bacterial pathogens and to develop naturally competent microbes for novel biotechnology applications.
Thumbnail photo for Pranav Danthi Pranav Danthi
Associate Professor of Biology

pdanthi [at]
SI 220B
Reovirus-host interactions.
Thumbnail photo for Clay Fuqua Clay Fuqua
Professor and Chair of Biology

cfuqua [at]
JH 425E /JH 425 (lab)
Attachment, biofilm formation, multicellularity and disease ecology of Agrobacterium tumefaciens
Thumbnail photo for Ke Hu Ke Hu
Associate Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
kehu [at]
MY 216A / MY 230 (lab)
The Cytoskeletal Biogenesis of Apicomplexan Parasites
Thumbnail photo for Roger Innes Roger Innes
Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
rinnes [at]
MY 316B / MY 302 (lab)
Molecular genetics of plant/pathogen interactions.
Thumbnail photo for Daniel Kearns Daniel Kearns
Professor of Biology

dbkearns [at]
JH 469/JH 432 (lab)
Bacterial motility and multicellular behavior.
Thumbnail photo for Jay T. Lennon Jay T. Lennon
Associate Professor

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
lennonj [at]
856-0962 / 6-7235 (lab)
JH 261B / JH 261 (lab)
Microbial Ecology and Evolution
Thumbnail photo for Jake McKinlay Jake McKinlay
Assistant Professor of Biology

jmckinla [at]
JH A309 / A308 (lab)
Microbial metabolism and its role in cell physiology, the environment, and biotechnology.
Thumbnail photo for Irene Garcia Newton Irene Garcia Newton
Assistant Professor of Biology

irnewton [at]
JH 221C
Functional and evolutionary genomics of symbiosis
Thumbnail photo for Heather Reynolds Heather Reynolds
Associate Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
hlreynol [at]
JH 155A
Plant community ecology; plant-soil-microbial interactions.
Thumbnail photo for Dean Rowe-Magnus Dean Rowe-Magnus
Associate Professor of Biology

drowemag [at]
JH 451(lab)
Integrons and Super-Integrons; biofilm formation; c-di-GMP signalling pathways; natural competence; ecology and pathogenesis in the Vibrionaceae.
Thumbnail photo for Milton Taylor Milton Taylor
Professor Emeritus of Biology

taymil [at]
JH 336A
The interferon response in hepatitis C patients. A study using DNA array technology to explain the differences in response to treatment and decrease in viral titer.
Thumbnail photo for Ho-Ching Tiffany Tsui Ho-Ching Tiffany Tsui
Senior Scientist, Winkler Lab

tttsui [at]
856-1781 / 6-1184
JHA410 / JHA403 (lab)
Dynamics and mechanisms of peptidoglycan (PG) biosynthesis in S. pneumoniae
Thumbnail photo for Julia van Kessel Julia Van Kessel
Assistant Professor of Biology

jcvk [at]
812-856-2235/lab 6-3869
Simon Hall 400B
Bacterial cell-cell communication (quorum sensing); gene regulation; bacterial development; microbial genetics and biochemistry
Thumbnail photo for Michael Wade Michael Wade
Distinguished Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
mjwade [at]
JH 131C / JH 131/145 (lab)
Evolution in Metapopulations; Genetic basis of speciation in Tribolium; Epistasis; Evolutionary genetics of maternal effects; Sexual selection and alternative male mating strategies; Coevolution of arthropod hosts and Wolbachia endosymbionts.
Thumbnail photo for Malcolm Winkler Malcolm Winkler
Professor of Biology; Microbiology Section Associate Chair

mwinkler [at]
JH A414 / JH A410 (lab)
Physiology, molecular genetics, and pathogenesis of the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus).
Thumbnail photo for Adam Zlotnick Adam Zlotnick
Adjunct: Professor of Biochemistry

azlotnic [at]
SI 220D/SI 217A
Biophysics of virus assembly related to virus biology, development of antiviral strategies, and construction of virus nanostructures.
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