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Microbiology

Field Description

Research areas include genetics, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, systematic and environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, and virology. Most of the laboratories used by the field have been recently built or renovated, and a broad range of instrumentation is available for work in all aspects of microbiology and molecular biology. One semester of teaching is required for Ph.D. degree candidates.


Contact Information

Website: http://www.micro.cornell.edu
Email: microfield@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-3088

107 Wing Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Microbiology

  • microbiology

Faculty

Beth A Ahner - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: detoxification mechanisms in aquatic microorganisms; phytoremediation of trace metal contaminants
Esther R Angert - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: microbial ecology; evolution of a novel bacterial development system; microbial phylogeny
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: metabolic dynamics; metabolism of natural organic substrates and contaminants
Carl A Batt - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: biotechnology
Adam Bogdanove - (Ithaca) - (Divisional Member)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: Interactions of rice with pathovars of the bacterial pathogen Xanthomonas oryzae and on TAL effector DNA targeting and its applications
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: food microbiology, safety, and quality; strain differentiation and characterization of virulence determinants in E. coli 0157: H7 and Listeria monocytogenes
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: biology of parasites, especially apicomplexan protozoa and nematodes
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: human microbiome,; horizontal gene transfer and antibiotic resistance
Nicolas S Buchon - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: Using Drosophila melanogaster to study the host response to indigenous and pathogenic microbes using genomics, functional genetics and systems-level approaches
Daniel H Buckley - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: environmental genomics and microbial ecology of soils; ecological significance of microbial community structure and microbial diversity in soils
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: molecular virology; retro virology; herpes virology
Pamela V. Chang - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: The overall theme of our research is to understand how the host immune system is regulated by the gut microbiota through their secretion of small molecule metabolites. Our research focuses primarily on two areas: (1) the identification of metabolites produced by the gut microbiota that regulate the host immune system and, building on these discoveries, (2) the development of chemical tools to modulate the immune response. We employ biological and chemical approaches including the tools of molecular and cellular immunology, microbiology, chemical biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and cell biology to elucidate key communication pathways between the gut microbiota and the host immune system. Our ultimate goal is to understand how immune homeostasis is maintained in the intestines, as such discoveries would have broad implications for the development of therapeutics and prophylactics for many inflammatory diseases.
Joshua Chappie - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: bacterial defenses systems
Ruth N Collins - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: microbiology
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: biotechnology; microbial genetics; phytobacteriology
Matthew P DeLisa - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: biotechnology; biomolecular engineering of cellular machinery
Tobias Doerr - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: bacterial stress pathways; peptidoglycan remodeling in Vibrio cholerae
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: symbiotic microorganisms, especially insects; microbial interactions with animal nutrition and immune systems
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: animal virology; pathogenic microbiology
Anthony G Hay - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: environmental microbiology and toxicology; metabolism of xenobiotics
John D Helmann - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: transcription factors
Tory Hendry - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: host-microbe interactions, bacterial genomic evolution, ecology of microbiomes
Ian Hewson - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: marine microbial ecology; marine biology and ecology; biological oceanography; marine sediment microbial ecology
Ailong Ke - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: x-ray crystallography; structural biology and biochemistry focusing on RNA 3-end formation and turnover and RNA-protein complexes
Ruth E. Ley - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: microbial ecology of the mammalian gut; host-microbial interactions and co-evolution
Hening Lin - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: chemistry, biology, and application of enzymes that have important physiological functions with a combination of synthetic and biochemical methods
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: environmental engineering; groundwater contamination; aquatic chemistry
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: environmental microbiology; biogeochemistry; biodegradation
Yuxin Mao - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
Helene Marquis - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: broad-range phospholipase c and metalloprotease; signaling during bacterial cell-to-cell spread
Teresa Pawlowska - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: fungal biology; plant-microbe interactions; evolution
Joseph E Peters - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: chromosome integrity (transposition: DNA replication, recombination, and repair); functional genomics
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: bioenvironmental engineering; application of molecular techniques to assess biodegradation processes; communication and cooperation in microbial communities
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: prokaryotic gene expression; transcription mechanisms; control of DNA repair
David G Russell - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: interaction between intracellular pathogens and their host cell; biology of microbe/host interplay
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: microbial physiology; electron transport; structure and function of electron transport proteins
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: biotechnology
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: host bacterial interactions and intestinal inflammation
Jeongmin Song - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: defining the function of typhoid toxin a key virulence factor of salmonella typhi to better understand the pathogensis mechanism of salmonella typhi infection
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: Fungal biology- pathogenicity and mating
Brian C. VanderVen - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: intracellular M. Tuberculosis
Gary R Whittaker - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: viral pathogenesis; virus-bacteria co-infection
Martin Wiedmann - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: food microbiology; dairy science; food science
David B Wilson - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: microbial biochemistry
Stephen C Winans - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: biotechnology; microbial genetics; phytobacteriology
Randy W Worobo - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: antimicrobial proteins and peptides; bacteriocins with a broad spectrum of activity by a single organism
Joseph B Yavitt - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: ecology; microbial ecology; biogeochemistry; wetlands
Stephen H Zinder - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology Research Interests: microbial biochemistry; microbial ecology