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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: tmd79@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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: detoxification mechanisms in aquatic microorganisms; phytoremediation of trace metal contaminants

Esther R Angert

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: microbial ecology; evolution of a novel bacterial development system; microbial phylogeny

Ludmilla Aristilde

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: metabolic dynamics; metabolism of natural organic substrates and contaminants

Carl A Batt

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: biotechnology

Adam Bogdanove

  • Campus: 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

Kathryn Jean Boor

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

Dwight Douglas Bowman

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: biology of parasites, especially apicomplexan protozoa and nematodes

Ilana Lauren Brito

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: human microbiome,; horizontal gene transfer and antibiotic resistance

Nicolas S Buchon

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: environmental genomics and microbial ecology of soils; ecological significance of microbial community structure and microbial diversity in soils

James Wilton Casey

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: molecular virology; retro virology; herpes virology

Pamela V. Chang

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: bacterial defenses systems

Ruth N Collins

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: microbiology

Alan Raymond Collmer

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: biotechnology; microbial genetics; phytobacteriology

Matthew P DeLisa

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: biotechnology; biomolecular engineering of cellular machinery

Tobias Doerr

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: bacterial stress pathways; peptidoglycan remodeling in Vibrio cholerae

Angela E. Douglas

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: symbiotic microorganisms, especially insects; microbial interactions with animal nutrition and immune systems

Edward Joseph Dubovi

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: animal virology; pathogenic microbiology

Patrick Gibney

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: microbiology, genetics, genomics, molecular biology, wine micrbiologist

Anthony G Hay

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: environmental microbiology and toxicology; metabolism of xenobiotics

John D Helmann

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: transcription factors

Tory Hendry

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: host-microbe interactions, bacterial genomic evolution, ecology of microbiomes

Ian Hewson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: marine microbial ecology; marine biology and ecology; biological oceanography; marine sediment microbial ecology

Ailong Ke

  • Campus: 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

Hening Lin

  • Campus: 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

Leonard William Lion

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: environmental engineering; groundwater contamination; aquatic chemistry

Yuxin Mao

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology

Helene Marquis

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: broad-range phospholipase c and metalloprotease; signaling during bacterial cell-to-cell spread

Teresa Pawlowska

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: fungal biology; plant-microbe interactions; evolution

Joseph E Peters

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: chromosome integrity (transposition: DNA replication, recombination, and repair); functional genomics

Angela C. Poole

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: microbiota, host-microbe interactions

Ruth E Richardson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: bioenvironmental engineering; application of molecular techniques to assess biodegradation processes; communication and cooperation in microbial communities

Jeffrey Warren Roberts

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: prokaryotic gene expression; transcription mechanisms; control of DNA repair

David G Russell

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: interaction between intracellular pathogens and their host cell; biology of microbe/host interplay

James P Shapleigh

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: microbial physiology; electron transport; structure and function of electron transport proteins

Kenneth William Simpson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: host bacterial interactions and intestinal inflammation

Jeongmin Song

  • Campus: 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

Barbara Gillian Turgeon

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: Fungal biology- pathogenicity and mating

Brian C. VanderVen

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: intracellular M. Tuberculosis

Gary R Whittaker

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: viral pathogenesis; virus-bacteria co-infection

Martin Wiedmann

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: food microbiology; dairy science; food science

Stephen C Winans

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: biotechnology; microbial genetics; phytobacteriology

Randy W Worobo

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: antimicrobial proteins and peptides; bacteriocins with a broad spectrum of activity by a single organism

Joseph B Yavitt

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: ecology; microbial ecology; biogeochemistry; wetlands

Stephen H Zinder

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Microbiology: microbiology
  • Research Interests: microbial biochemistry; microbial ecology