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Selected Research Areas

MDTP trainer laboratories pursue investigations on a range of scientific research topics related to microbiology. Classifications are inevitably somewhat arbitrary, following are some of the subdisciplines covered by MDTP faculty with links to lists of trainers working in those areas. Each area page will provide brief research descriptions for each trainer and a link to his or her website. This information is by no means exhaustive, but is intended to convey a sense of research breadth in the MDTP, and of focused research strength in fifteen areas.

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Environmental Microbiology

Image files/trainers/ahlquist.sepia.jpg Paul Ahlquist supervised_user_circle public

Molecular Virology
Molecular mechanisms of viral replication host interactions and oncogenesis

Image files/trainers/cza.jpg Caitilyn Allen supervised_user_circle public

Plant Pathology
Physiology and genetics of bacterial plant pathogens

Image files/trainers/d_amador-noguez.jpg Daniel Amador-Noguez supervised_user_circle public

Metabolic regulation in biofuels

Image files/pictures/Karthik.jpeg Karthik Anantharaman supervised_user_circle public

Microbial ecology, community interactions, biogeochemistry, and metaomics with an emphasis on sulfur metabolism in environmental and human microbiomes

Image files/trainers/Ane-Jean-Michel.jpg Jean-Michel Ane supervised_user_circle public

Symbiotic associations betweens plants and microbes

Image files/trainers/barak.jpg Jeri Barak supervised_user_circle public

Plant Pathology
The biology of Salmonella enterica and pathogenic E. coli in association with plants.

Image files/trainers/careyh_thumb.png Hannah Carey supervised_user_circle public

Comparative Biosciences
Symbiotic relationship between mammalian hibernators and their gut microbial communities. 

Image files/pictures/Kerri-Coon.jpg Kerri Coon supervised_user_circle public

Insect-microbe interactions, impacts of gut microbes on the biology of disease vectors

Image files/trainers/c_currie.jpg Cameron Currie supervised_user_circle public

Microbial ecology and evolution, symbiosis, evolutionary genomics, and host-pathogen interactions

Image files/trainers/picture-37.jpg Audrey Gasch supervised_user_circle public

Genomic expression in fungi

Image files/trainers/tony_k_30pond.jpg Tony Goldberg supervised_user_circle public

Pathobiological Sciences
Ecology an evolution of infectious diseases with an emphasis on zoonoses and emerging pathogens

Image files/pictures/handelsman.jpg Jo Handelsman public

Plant Pathology
Genetic and biochemical processes underlying interactions within plant and human microbiomes

Image files/trainers/c_kaspar.jpg Charles Kaspar supervised_user_circle public

Molecular and physiological basis of stress tolerance

Image files/trainers/n_keller.jpg Nancy Keller supervised_user_circle public

Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Host and pathogen signals governing toxin formation spore develpment and pathogenesis of seed by fungi

Image files/trainers/mcmahon_katherine-1.jpg Katherine McMahon supervised_user_circle public

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Environmental microbiology and molecular microbial ecology

Image files/trainers/pfleger_brian.jpg Brian Pfleger supervised_user_circle public

Chemical and Biological Engineering
Synthetic Biology -- Metabolic Engineering -- Biotechnology -- Protein Engineering -- Natural Products

Image files/trainers/Raman.png Vatsan Raman supervised_user_circle public

Design of synthetic bacteriophags for therapy and microbiome eidting, engineering microbial transcription, protein design

Image files/trainers/roden_e.jpg Eric Roden supervised_user_circle public

Geology and Geophysics
Biogeochemistry and microbial ecology of soils and sediments; ecophysiologyof anaerobic respritory microorganisms

Image files/trainers/g_suen.jpg Garret Suen supervised_user_circle public

Symbiotic microbes and microbial communities associated with herbivores deconstruct of plant biomass

Image files/trainers/Whitman-T.png Thea Whitman supervised_user_circle public

Soil Science
Microbial Ecology, terrestrial biogeochemistry, bioinformatics, and stable isotopes.