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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. However, this bacteria’s normal home 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.

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

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
fbasheyv [at] indiana.edu
812-855-1962
Sycamore Hall 039
Evolutionary ecology of life-history and social strategies, evolution of virulence.
Thumbnail photo for James Bever James Bever
Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
jbever [at] indiana.edu
812-855-0771/5-5969(lab)
JH 149D / JH 149 (lab)
Ecology and evolution of plants and fungi.
Thumbnail photo for Yves Brun Yves Brun
Clyde Culbertson Professor of Biology

Microbiology
ybrun [at] indiana.edu
812-855-8860/5-7239(lab)
JH 447G / JH 447F (lab)
Mechanism, regulation, and evolution of bacterial shape, differentiation, and biofilm formation.
Thumbnail photo for Karen Bush Karen Bush
Adjunct Professor of Biology

karbush [at] indiana.edu
855-1542
SI 102B
Antibiotic mechanisms of action and resistance; Antibacterial drug discovery and drug development.
Thumbnail photo for Pranav Danthi Pranav Danthi
Assistant Professor of Biology

Microbiology
pdanthi [at] indiana.edu
812-856-2449
SI 220B
Reovirus-host interactions.
Thumbnail photo for Clay Fuqua Clay Fuqua
Professor and Chair of Biology

Microbiology
cfuqua [at] indiana.edu
812-856-6005/6-5186(lab)
JH 425E /JH 425 (lab)
Multicellular interactions of bacteria.
Thumbnail photo for Ke Hu Ke Hu
Associate Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
kehu [at] indiana.edu
812-855-0166/5-0311(lab)
MY 216A / MY 230 (lab)
Cytoskeletal biogenesis of apicomplexan parasites.
Thumbnail photo for Roger Innes Roger Innes
Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
rinnes [at] indiana.edu
812-855-2219/5-2852(lab)
MY 316B / MY 302 (lab)
Molecular genetics of plant/pathogen interactions.
Thumbnail photo for Daniel Kearns Daniel Kearns
Associate Professor of Biology

Microbiology
dbkearns [at] indiana.edu
812-856-2523/6-2559(lab)
JH 469/JH 432 (lab)
Bacterial motility and multicellular behavior.
Thumbnail photo for Jay T. Lennon Jay T. Lennon
Associate Professor

lennonj [at] indiana.edu
812-856-0962
JH 261B / JH 261 (lab)
Microbial Ecology and Evolution
Thumbnail photo for Melanie Marketon Melanie Marketon
Assistant Professor of Biology

Microbiology
mmarketo [at] indiana.edu
812-856-3198/5-6055(lab)
JH 469A/455 (lab)
Molecular mechanisms of pathogenic microbe-host interactions.
Thumbnail photo for Jake McKinlay Jake McKinlay
Assistant Professor of Biology

Microbiology
jmckinla [at] indiana.edu
812-855-0359/5-9332(lab)
JH A309 / A308 (lab)
Microbial metabolism and its role in cell physiology, the environment, and biotechnology.
Thumbnail photo for David Nelson David Nelson
Adjunct: Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology

nelsonde [at] indiana.edu
812-856-2813/5-3145(lab)
MS 420
Chlamydial Biology, Microbial Pathogenesis and Pathogen Discovery.
Thumbnail photo for Irene Garcia Newton Irene Garcia Newton
Assistant Professor of Biology

Microbiology
irnewton [at] indiana.edu
812-855-3883
JH 221C
Functional genomics of environmental microbes and symbiosis.
Thumbnail photo for Heather Reynolds Heather Reynolds
Associate Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
hlreynol [at] indiana.edu
812-855-0792/5-0841(lab)
JH 155A
Plant community ecology; plant-soil-microbial interactions.
Thumbnail photo for Dean Rowe-Magnus Dean Rowe-Magnus
Associate Professor of Biology

Microbiology
drowemag [at] indiana.edu
812-855-8514/6-0723(lab)
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] indiana.edu
812-855-3340
SI 220A
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 Michael Wade Michael Wade
Distinguished Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
mjwade [at] indiana.edu
812-856-4680/6-4996(lab)
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

Microbiology
mwinkler [at] bio.indiana.edu
856-1318/6-1184/6-1781
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] indiana.edu
812-856-1925/6-1874
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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