Microbiology Faculty

Only faculty affiliated with ILS are listed on this page.  Learn more about Microbiology faculty. The Microbiology Graduate Coordinator is Xiaorong Lin (mibgrdrec@uga.edu).

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Diana Downs

Distinguished Research Professor
Microbiology

Bacterial physiology and metabolic integration using biochemical, genetic and metabolomics approaches.

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Mark A. Eiteman

Professor
Microbiology

Fermentation and biotechnology with emphasis on microbial processes to generate fuels and chemicals; nutrient-limited processes; central metabolism and the effect of redox constraints.

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Jorge Escalante-Semerena

UGA Foundation Distinguished Professor
Microbiology

Prokaryotic metabolism and physiology with emphasis on protein acetylation, toxic metabolites,
and complex metabolic pathway analysis, integration.

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Jonathan Frye

Research Microbiologist
Microbiology

We investigate the development and spread of antimicrobial resistant Salmonella,
which is the most prevalent foodborne bacterial illness in the U.S.

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Tim Hoover

Professor
Microbiology

Gene regulation in bacteria; regulation of flagellar biogenesis; control of RpoN-dependent transcription in bacteria.

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Anna Karls

Associate Professor
Microbiology

Mechanisms for microbial adaptation and virulence; specialized
DNA recombination in Neisseria meningitidis & N. gonorrhoeae;
sigma54 regulon in Salmonella Typhimurium.

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Brian Kvitko

Associate Professor
Microbiology

Molecular mechanisms of plant immune action and bacterial pathogen virulence in model and crop pathosystems. Tool/technique development for phytopathogenesis systems biology and translational research.

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Zachary Lewis

Associate Professor
Microbiology

Chromatin structure and function; Epigenetics; Eukaryotic genome stability; Histone H1.

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Xiaorong Lin

Professor
Microbiology; Plant Biology

Human fungal pathogens, sexual reproduction and development in fungal pathogenesis

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Erin K. Lipp

Professor
Microbiology

Environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, marine systems, water quality and public health, disease ecology

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Catherine M. Logue

Professor
Microbiology

A bacterial pathogenesis/food safety lab that specializes in the detection and characterization of pathogens from food animal sources that impact human and animal health.

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Rob Maier

Professor
Microbiology

Physiology and metallobiology of pathogenic bacteria.

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Aaron P. Mitchell

Professor
Microbiology

We use genetic and genomic approaches to understand mechanisms of fungal pathogenesis and drug resistance.

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Jan Mrázek

Associate Professor
Bioinformatics; Microbiology

Use bioinformatics and comparative genomics to study
relationships between the genomic DNA sequence and the
organism’s physiological characteristics,and regulatory
processes that govern the flow of genetic information.

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Ellen Neidle

Professor
Microbiology

We use the easy genetic system of a  soil bacterium, Acinetobacter baylyi ADP1,to study diverse
aspects of gene expression and chromosomal rearrangements.This research has implications
for medical issues (gene amplification), environmental issues (bioremediation),
biotechnology/bioenergy (conversion of lignin to biofuels), and evolution (new methods for experimental evolution).

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Elizabeth Ottesen

Assistant Professor
Microbiology

Ecology and physiology of environmental microbes. The use of community genomics and
transcriptomics to examine microbial behavior in natural systems.

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Nikki Shariat

Assistant Professor
Population Health; Microbiology

Molecular epidemiology of bacterial pathogens using metagenomics; ecology of Salmonella serovars in host animals and environments.

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Anne Summers

Professor
Microbiology; Toxicology

Environmental stress biology, using biochemical, biophysical, and ‘omics approaches to define
the roles of toxic metal exposure in chronic and infectious diseases.

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Christine Szymanski

Professor
Microbiology

Microbial glycobiology lab characterizing bacterial glycoconjugate pathways, bacteriophage interactions with their hosts, and benefits of human milk oligosaccharides to develop novel vaccines and therapeutics for the prevention of diarrheal diseases and post-infectious neuropathies such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

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Michael Terns

Distinguished Research Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Genetics; Microbiology

We study CRISPR-Cas immune systems that protect prokaryotes from viruses and provide
powerful research tools for important biotechnology and biomedical applications.

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M. Stephen Trent

UGA Foundation Distinguished Professor
Infectious Diseases

Characterizing the assembly of bacterial surface structures, Development of vaccines for viral
and bacterial pathogens, Systems approaches to understanding microbial diseases

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