microbiology

Ammons, Mary Cloud

Assistant Research Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Montana State University - Bozeman

Although I was only recently appointed to the position of Assistant Research Professor, I have been involved in the research, teaching, and outreach missions of MSU for nearly 10 years. My research focus has been on bacterial biofilms, particularly in chronic wounds; however, I have an established record in cross-disciplinary collaborations. I am taking over the Metabolomics Core here at MSU and hope to apply this promising analytic tool to a variety of biological questions.

Bryant, Donald

Research Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Montana State University (The Pennsylvania State University)

My laboratory studies the physiology, metabolism, genetics, and genomics of chlorophyll-based phototrophs. We employ DNA sequencing, RNAseq, genetic and biochemical methods in our work. Goals include the discovery of structural and functional relationships in the components of light-energy transduction as well as an understanding of the metabolic interactions that define phototroph community composition and structure. I have been a faculty member for the past 31 years, and have been actively involved in teaching, research and service during that time.

Christopher Wall

AY2011-12
Department: 
Division of Biological Sciences
College/University: 
University of Montana

Cleveland, Sean

Associate Director of the Research Computing Group for Software and Informatics
Research Computing Group/Center for Computational Biology
Montana State University - Bozeman

I have been either a student or staff member at MSU in Bozeman since 1998 and I have been developing software since I received my Bachelors degree in 2003. Currently I am working on my P.h.D in Microbiology with an emphasis in Bioinformatics in addition to doing software development for the RCG.

Dana Skorupa

AY2011-12
Department: 
Microbiology
College/University: 
Montana State University

Dore, John

Associate Research Professor
Land Resources & Environmental Sciences
Montana State University - Bozeman

My research focuses on understanding physical and chemical influences on ecosystem structure and dynamics and associated feedback mechanisms. I am particularly interested in climate variability and its influence on biogeochemistry and the cycling of greenhouse gases.

Flenniken, Michelle

Research Assistant Professor
Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology
Montana State University

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Foreman, Christine

Associate Dean
CEnter for Biofilm Engineering
College of Engineering

Microorganisms have a profound impact on the composition of the biosphere and global biogeochemical cycles. Research in our group focuses on understanding how the environment controls the composition of microbial communities and how, in turn, those microbes regulate whole ecosystem processes such as nutrient and organic matter cycling. Ongoing research concerns carbon flux through bacterial communities, with the long-term goal of improving predictions of carbon fate (metabolism to CO2, sequestration into biomass, long term storage in ice) in the context of a changing environment.

Geesey, Gill

Professor
Microbiology
Montana State University - Bozeman

Microbe-mineral interactions. Our current research involves investigation of the mechanism by which microorganisms promote incorporation of magnesium in calcium carbonates during their formation at cold seeps on the seafloor. Research is also being conducted to determine the role of thermophilic microorganisms in the transformation of naturally occurring mercury in geothermal features of Yellowstone National Park, WY.

Gerlach, Robin

Associate Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering/Center for Biofilm Engineering
Montana State University - Bozeman

Robin Gerlach is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in the College of Engineering at Montana State University-Bozeman (MSU).

James Meadow

AY2011-12
Department: 
Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
College/University: 
Montana State University

Keil, Deborah

Associate Professor
Microbiology and Immunology
Montana State University

Currently, I serve as an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Montana State University.  Prior to this, I served in the Department of Pathology in the School of Medicine at the University of Utah, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences at UNLV, Research Toxicologist at NIOSH, Morgantown West Virginia, and Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.  Over the past 20 years, I have had the good-fortune to acquire competitively-funded research in the disciplines of clinical laboratory science, immunotoxicology, develo

McCutcheon, John

Assistant Professor
Division of Biological Sciences
The University of Montana - Missoula

Our lab studies host-associated microbes, primarily those that are beneficial rather than pathogenic.

McDermott, Tim

Professor, Soil & Environmental Microbiology
Land Resources & Environmental Sciences
Montana State University - Bozeman

Soil & environmental microbiology, focusing on: microbe-metalloid interactions involving arsenic, selenium, and antimony; microbial ecophysiology and population genetics in geothermal environments; Yellowstone Lake picoplankton structure and function. Techniques and methods used include fundamental molecular genetics, genomics and metagenomics, cultivation dependent and independent microbial ecology techniques.

Miller, Scott

Associate Professor
Division of Biological Sciences
The University of Montana - Missoula

Research: We take an integrative approach to address central questions in evolution and ecology regarding the origins, maintenance and distribution of biodiversity, and its impacts on ecosystem structure and function, with a particular emphasis on temperature adaptation of cyanobacteria along environmental gradients.

Nothing says love like a science valentine

What says LOVE more than a microbe? As a little bit of ecosystem fun, we introduce our series of science valentines, based on the educational guidebook called Living Colors: The Microbes of Yellowstone, produced by the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, Montana EPSCoR, the MSU Thermal Biology Institute and the Yellowstone Association.

Download and share with your favorite science-y pals!

Science valentine: Metallosphaera

Science valentine: Phormidium

Science valentine: Synechococcus

Science valentine: Thermus

Ward, David

Professor
Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
Montana State University - Bozeman

I am a microbial ecologist interested in understanding the composition, structure and function of microbial communities. My research has been focused mainly on relatively simple hot spring microbial mat communities, which are excellent and very tractable model systems from which to glean fundamentals of microbial community ecology.

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