Microbial Biology Graduate Faculty

Tamar Barkay, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D. Maryland
Role of microorganisms in transformations of metals in the environment

William J. Belden, Associate Professor of Animal Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D. Dartmouth
Chromatin-remodeling; Circadian rhythms; non-coding RNA

Joan W. Bennett, Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology, SEBS; Ph.D. Chicago
Genetics and biosynthesis of fungal natural products; fungal genomics; fungal volatile organic compounds

Debashish Bhattacharya, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D. Simon Fraser (Canada)
Algal evolution; genomics; endosymbiosis; red tides; plastids; tree of life

Kay D. Bidle, Professor of Marine & Coastal Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D. California (San Diego)
Marine microbiology; microbial physiology and mortality; virology; gene expression; molecular ecology and evolution

Jeffrey M. Boyd, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D. Utah State
Microbial biochemistry and molecular genetics; integration of iron and iron-sulfur cluster metabolism with cellular processes

Yana Bromberg, Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D. Columbia
Bioinformatics approaches to protein function prediction and genome variation analysis

Sara Campbell, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, SAS; Ph.D. Florida State
Exercise, cholesterol metabolism, obesity, functional foods and chronic disease

George M. Carman, Board of Governors Professor and Distinguished Professor of Food Science, SEBS; Ph.D. Massachusetts
Biochemistry, molecular genetics, and metabolism of membrane lipids

Theodore Chase, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry & Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D. California (Berkeley)
Alcohol dehydrogenases and pyruvate decarboxylases; enzymology

Michael Chikindas, Professor of Food Science, SEBS; Ph.D. Institute of Genetics and Selection of Industrial Microorganisms (Russia)
Microbiology; genetics; biotechnology; probiotics; antimicrobial peptides

Bruce B. Clarke, Professor of Plant Biology, SEBS; Director, Center for Turfgrass Science; Ph.D. Rutgers
Turfgrass pathology; soilborne diseases; disease forecasting and control; mycology

John Dighton, Professor of Ecology, Evolution, & Natural Resources, SEBS; Professor of Biology, Camden; Director of the Pinelands Field Station; Ph.D. London (UK)
Role of fungi in nutrient dynamics in forest soils and impacts of pollution

G. Charles Dismukes, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, SAS; Ph.D. Wisconsin
Biological and chemical methods for renewable solar-based fuel production, catalysis, photosynthesis, metals in biological systems and tools for investigating these systems.

Siobain Duffy, Associate Professor of Ecology, Evolution, & Natural Resources, SEBS; Ph.D. Yale
Emerging viruses; experimental evolution; bioinformatics

Richard H. Ebright, Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, SAS; Ph.D. Harvard
Mechanism and regulation of bacterial transcription; small-molecule inhibitors of bacterial transcription

Douglas E. Eveleigh, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry & Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D. Exeter (UK)
Microbial ecology; biomass recycling; microbial history (antibiotics)

Nicole Fahrenfeld, Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, SoE; Ph.D. Virginia Tech
Water quality; antibiotic resistance; biodegradation; microbial source tracking

Donna E. Fennell, Professor of Environmental Sciences, SEBS, Ph.D. Cornell
Microbial processes for bioremediation and waste management

Dina Fonseca, Professor of Entomology, SEBS, Ph.D. Pennsylvania
Infectious diseases; mosquito control; evolutionary ecology

Robert M. Goodman, Distinguished Professor of Ecology, Evolution, & Natural Resources, SEBS, and Executive Dean, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; Ph.D. Cornell
Diversity and function of microorganisms in natural environments

Max M. Häggblom, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D. Helsinki (Finland)
Environmental microbiology and microbial ecology; biodegradation and bioremediation

Bradley I. Hillman, Professor Plant Biology, SEBS; Director for Research and Senior Associate Director, NJAES; Ph.D. California (Berkeley)
Molecular, population, and evolutionary biology of viruses and fungi

Peter C. Kahn, Professor of Biochemistry & Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D. Columbia
Protein folding and subunit assembly; structure modeling; ligand interactions; hydration in biological systems

Lee Kerkhof, Professor of Marine & Coastal Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D. California (San Diego)
Marine microbiology; molecular ecology; microbial population dynamics

Eric Klein, Assistant Professor of Biology, Camden; Ph.D. Pennsylvania
Bacterial pathogenesis and microbial adhesion

Donald Y. Kobayashi, Professor of Plant Biology, SEBS; Ph.D. California (Riverside)
Plant bacteriology; host-pathogen interactions; molecular biology

Jerome J. Kukor, Professor of Environmental Sciences, SEBS, and Dean, Graduate School New Brunswick; Ph.D. Michigan
Biochemistry and genetics of microorganisms involved in biodegradation

Adam Kustka, Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Newark; Ph.D. SUNY Stony Brook
Phytoplankton trace metal physiology and biogeochemistry

Eric Lam, Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology, SEBS; Ph.D. California (Berkeley)
Programmed cell death; stress tolerance; microbe association with duckweeds

Kwangwon Lee, Associate Professor of Biology, Camden; Ph.D. Texas A&M
Circadian clock/light regulation; fungal genetics; fungal ecology; systems biology

Thomas Leustek, Professor of Plant Biology, SEBS; Ph.D. Rutgers
Molecular biology and biochemistry of sulfur and amino acid metabolism in microorganisms

Desmond Lun, Professor of Computer Science, Camden; Ph.D. MIT
Synthetic biology; systems biology; biological signal processing; network science

Gediminas Mainelis, Professor of Environmental Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D. Cincinnati
Biological aerosols

Karl Matthews, Professor of Food Science, SEBS; Ph.D. Kentucky
Genetic understanding of virulence and survival mechanisms of food-borne pathogens

Kenneth McKeever, Professor of Animal Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D. Arizona
Equine exercise and environmental physiology; neuroendocrine control of cardio-renal function

Joachim W. Messing, University Professor of Molecular Biology and Director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, SAS; Ph.D. Munich (Germany)
M13 cloning, sequencing, and gene synthesis; molecular biology of higher plants

Peter J. Morin, Distinguished Professor of Ecology, Evolution, & Natural Resources, SEBS; Ph.D. Duke
Community ecology; Microbial ecology

Bryce E. Nickels, Professor of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D. Harvard
Mechanisms of transcription; regulation of bacterial gene expression

Robert A. Niederman, Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, SAS; Ph.D. Illinois
Structure, function, and assembly of energy-transducing membranes

Peter Oudemans, Professor of Plant Biology, SEBS; Ph.D. California (Riverside)
Fungal plant diseases; population biology of fungi

John R. Reinfelder, Professor of Environmental Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D. SUNY (Stony Brook)
Trace element cycling and bioavailability; inorganic carbon acquisition in marine phytoplankton

Diana E. Roopchand, Assistant Professor of Food Science, SEBS; Ph.D. McGill University
Interactions between dietary components, gut microbiota, and intestinal epithelium

Jeffra K. Schaefer, Assistant Research Professor of Environmental Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D. Rutgers
Microbial biogeochemistry of toxic and essential trace metals; microbial ecology

Donald W. Schaffner, Distinguished Professor of Food Science, SEBS; Ph.D. Georgia
Predictive food microbiology; quantitative microbial risk assessment

Konstantin Severinov, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, SAS; Ph.D. Institute of Molecular Genetics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Genetic and biochemical analysis of RNA polymerases from E. coli and yeast; site-directed modification of proteins

Ann M. Stock, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, RWJMS; Ph.D. California (Berkeley)
Structure/function anaylsis of signal transduction proteins

Paul Takhistov, Associate Professor of Food Science, SEBS. Ph.D. Notre Dame
Understanding the physico-chemical interactions between multiphase matrices with biotic and abiotic materials

Kimberlee Thamatrakoln, Associate Research Professor of Marine & Coastal Sciences, SEBS. Ph.D. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California (San Diego)
Phytoplankton molecular ecophysiology; host-virus interactions; molecular and biochemical basis for environmental sensing

Alvaro Toledo, Assistant Professor of Entomology, SEBS. Ph.D. Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Molecular, biochemical, and microbiological analysis of tick borne pathogens with a focus on Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease)

Nilgun E. Tumer, Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology, SEBS; Ph.D. Purdue
Molecular biology of plant viruses; virus replication; disease resistance; plant transformation

Andrew K. Vershon, Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, SAS; Ph.D. MIT
Regulation of gene expression in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Costantino Vetriani, Professor of Biochemistry & Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D.; Rome La Sapienza (Italy)
Deep-sea microbiology; extremophiles; molecular ecology; adaptations to extreme environments

James White, Professor of Plant Biology, SEBS; Ph.D. Texas
Fungal systematics; ecology of fungi; fungal-plant symbioses

Lori A. White, Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Microbiology; Ph.D. Dartmouth
Molecular mechanisms of xenobiotic-induced pathologies

Nancy A. Woychik, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, RWJMS; Ph.D. Wisconsin
Non-coding RNAs and disease; bacterial pathogenesis

Nathan Yee, Professor of Environmental Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D. Notre Dame
Geomicrobiology and geochemistry

Lily Y. Young, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences, SEBS, and Provost; Ph.D. Harvard
Anaerobic microbial metabolism of contaminant chemicals; microbial biodegradation; bioremediation

Ning Zhang, Associate Professor of Plant Biology, SEBS; Ph.D. Louisiana State
Fungal evolution, biodiversity and genomics; molecular detection of fungal pathogens on grass

Liping Zhao, Professor of Biochemistry & Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D. Nanjing Agricultural University
Gut microbiota and human health

Gerben Zylstra, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D. Michigan
Molecular and biochemical analysis of biodegradation pathways