Research in the area of microbiology focuses on the analysis of molecular genetics of both pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria. Faculty address a diverse range of questions focused on how bacteria can transform metals to enhance or diminish their toxicity, and how bacteria themselves act as harmful agents by infecting humans.
METX Department faculty members investigating microbiology are:
Victoria Auerbuch Stone (METX): Interplay between the bacterial type III secretion system and innate immunity.
Manel Camps (METX): Evolution of drug resistance; ColE1 plasmid replication and biotechnological applications of genetic modulation of plasmid replication.
Karen Ottemann (METX): How Helicobacter pylori senses and colonizes host environments
Chad Saltikov (METX): Microbes and arsenic contamination of drinking Water
Fitnat Yildiz (METX): Understanding processes controlling transmission of bacterial pathogens: biofilm formation and environmental stress responses
Lynn Rothschild (METX Adjunct): Astrobiology Research at NASA AMES
Affiliated UCSC faculty members who conduct microbiology research include:
Roberto Bogomolni (Chemistry and Biochemistry): Photosensory transduction in bacterial pathogens
Marm Kilpatrick (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology): Ecology of infectious diseases, population biology, and conservation
Roger Linington (Chemistry and Biochemistry): Marine natural products, drugs for neglected diseases, chemical biology, chemical probes
Todd Lowe (Biomolecular Engineering): Experimental and computation genomics, ncRNA gene finders, DNA microarrays to study the biology of archaea
Nader Pourmand (Biomolecular Engineering): Development of new tools and technologies that integrate biology, electronics, and nanofabrication for the detection and study of genes and proteins
Jonathan P. Zehr (Ocean Sciences): The roles of microorganisms in aquatic ecosystems (Dr. Zehr accepts graduate students from the METX graduate program)