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Evolution of Acyl Carrier Proteins within Bacterial Polyketide Synthases, Marc Chevrette, Currie Lab
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Arctic Lichen, Caitlin Carlson, Currie Lab
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Differential sectoring in Rhizobium colonies due to random curing of a GFP plasmid, Matthew Crook, Ané Lab
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Carved Pennsylvania Slate, Stan Sears and Andrea Myklebust, Commissioned by Wisconsin State Arts board
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Ants in a grass-cutter ant fungus garden, Lily Khadempour, Currie Lab
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Melissa Christopherson, Streptomyces isolated by Micro304 students
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Hells Canyon Complex on the Snake River, Ben Peterson, McMahon Lab


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Bioinformatics Research Support Service

The Department of Bacteriology Bioinformatics Research Support Service is now live!

On the website, you will find examples of topics you can receive research support on, information on how to schedule (free!) appointments, a guide to computational resources available on campus, links to learning options, and a calendar of events.

Upcoming Agenda

Google Drive link (campus login required) to the agenda for our next Bacteriology Faculty meeting.


  • Hutchison ER, Yen MI, Peng HW, Davis CR, Vivas EI, Tallon MM, Bui TPN, de Vos WM, Yen CE, Nieuwdorp M, Rey FE, The gut microbiome modulates the impact of Anaerobutyricum soehngenii supplementation on glucose homeostasis in mice., Research square DOI, PubMed
  • An R, Venkatraman A, Binns J, Saric C, Rey FE, Thibeault SL, Age and sex-related variations in murine laryngeal microbiota., PloS one DOI, PubMed
  • Hellenbrand CN, Stevenson DM, Gromek KA, Amador-Noguez D, Hershey DM, A deoxynucleoside triphosphate triphosphohydrolase promotes cell cycle progression in Caulobacter crescentus ., bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology DOI, PubMed
  • Atuahene D, Zuniga-Chaves I, Martello E, Stefanon B, Suen G, Balouei F, Meineri G, The Canine Gut Health: The Impact of a New Feed Supplement on Microbiota Composition., Animals : an open access journal from MDPI DOI, PubMed
  • Shrestha S, Goswami S, Banerjee D, Garcia V, Zhou E, Olmsted CN, Majumder EL, Kumar D, Awasthi D, Mukhopadhyay A, Singer SW, Gladden JM, Simmons BA, Choudhary H, Perspective on Lignin Conversion Strategies That Enable Next Generation Biorefineries., ChemSusChem DOI, PubMed
  • Chitboonthavisuk C, Martin C, Huss P, Peters JM, Anantharaman K, Raman S, Systematic genome-wide discovery of host factors governing bacteriophage infectivity., bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology DOI, PubMed
  • Zelasko S, Swaney MH, Sandstrom S, Davenport TC, Seroogy CM, Gern JE, Kalan LR, Currie CR, Upper respiratory microbial communities of healthy populations are shaped by niche and age., bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology DOI, PubMed
  • Thiermann R, Sandler M, Ahir G, Sauls JT, Schroeder J, Brown S, Le Treut G, Si F, Li D, Wang JD, Jun S, Tools and methods for high-throughput single-cell imaging with the mother machine., eLife DOI, PubMed