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Melissa Christopherson, Streptomyces isolated by Micro304 students
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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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Differential sectoring in Rhizobium colonies due to random curing of a GFP plasmid, Matthew Crook, Ané Lab
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Hells Canyon Complex on the Snake River, Ben Peterson, McMahon Lab
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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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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.


  • Metz F, Olsen AM, Lu F, Myers KS, Allemann MN, Michener JK, Noguera DR, Donohue TJ, Catabolism of β-5 linked aromatics by Novosphingobium aromaticivorans ., mBio DOI, PubMed
  • Choi D, Alshannaq AF, Yu JH, Safe and effective degradation of aflatoxins by food-grade culture broth of Aspergillus oryzae ., PNAS nexus DOI, PubMed
  • Goetsch AG, Ufearo D, Keiser G, Heiss C, Azadi P, Hershey DM, An exopolysaccharide pathway from a freshwater Sphingomonas isolate., Journal of bacteriology DOI, PubMed
  • Tu Z, Stevenson DM, McCaslin D, Amador-Noguez D, Huynh TN, The role of Listeria monocytogenes PstA in β-lactam resistance requires the cytochrome bd oxidase activity., Journal of bacteriology DOI, PubMed
  • Leistikow KR, May DS, Suh WS, Vargas Asensio G, Schaenzer AJ, Currie CR, Hristova KR, Bacillus subtilis -derived peptides disrupt quorum sensing and biofilm assembly in multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ., mSystems DOI, PubMed
  • Chatman CC, Olson EG, Freedman AJ, Dittoe DK, Ricke SC, Majumder EL-W, Co-exposure to polyethylene fiber and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium alters microbiome and metabolome of in vitro chicken cecal mesocosms., Applied and environmental microbiology DOI, PubMed
  • An R, Ni Z, Xie E, Rey FE, Kendziorski C, Thibeault SL, Single-cell view into the role of microbiota shaping host immunity in the larynx., iScience DOI, PubMed
  • Salemi RI, Cruz AK, Hershey DM, A flagellar accessory protein links chemotaxis to surface sensing., bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology DOI, PubMed