Back to top

Department of Microbiology Faculty

John Helmann

John Helmann

Professor; and Chairman
Department of Microbiology Chair
Microbial physiology with a focus on Bacillus subtilis. We study physiological and genetic responses elicited by cell envelope stress (e.g. antibiotics), oxidative stress, and metal ion limitation and excess.
Esther Angert

Esther Angert

Professor
Microbial ecology, microbial cellular biology, evolution of a novel bacterial developmental system and microbial phylogeny.
Tobias Doerr

Tobias Doerr

Assistant Professor
Interest in bacterial stress pathways, with a special interest in peptidoglycan remodelign in Vibrio cholerae.
Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay

Associate Professor
Environmental microbiology; metabolism of man-made pollutants, with specific applications to environmental toxicology.
Tory Hendry

Tory Hendry

Research Scientist
Host-microbe interactions, Bacterial genomic evolution, Ecology of microbiomes.
 
Ian Hewson

Ian Hewson

Associate Professor
Marine microbiology; biogeochemistry, diversity, and distribution of marine microorganism; metagenomics and metatranscriptomics.
Ruth Ley

Ruth Ley

Associate Professor
Microbial ecology of the mammalian gut; host-microbial interactions and co-evolution. Has begun the transition to the Department of Microbiome Science, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany.
Eugene Madsen

Eugene Madsen

Professor
"who", "what", "how", "where", "when", and "why" of microbiological processes in water, soil, sediments, and ground water; biogeochemistry of naphthalene- and chlorinated solvent-contaminated aquifers.
Joseph Peters

Joseph Peters

Professor; and Director of Graduate Studies
Chromosome integrity (Transposition; DNA Replication, Recombination and Repair); Functional Genomics.
James Shapleigh

James Shapleigh

Associate Professor
Electron transport proteins of bacteria, in particular those proteins involved in the anaerobic respiration of nitrogen oxides.
Stephen Winans

Stephen Winans

Professor
Use Agrobacterium tumefaciens as a model to study how cells detect other cells; this plant pathogen detects a variety of chemical signal molecules released from host plant cells and also uses a type of bacterial pheromone called an autoinducer to estimate its population densities.
Stephen Zinder

Stephen Zinder

Professor
Our laboratory studies microorganisms, particularly anaerobes, which carry out chemical transformations. Present areas of interest include physiology and molecular biology of nitrogen fixation in methanogenic archaea and ecology and physiology of microbial reductive dechlorination of toxic chemicals.