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GGM Research Focus

The Graduate Group in Microbiology consists of Plant & Microbial Biology faculty as well as faculty from across campus and at our affiliates, including Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology. Below is the research focus of the scientists in the Graduate Group.

Rodrigo Almeidanature.berkeley.edu/almeidalabEcology of insect-associated microbes (disease ecology and insect symbiosis)
Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Lisa Alvarez-Cohen


Application of biological processes for the elimination of environmental contaminants

Adam Arkin

genomics.lbl.govUncover the evolutionary design principles of cellular networks and populations and to exploit them for applications
Jillian Banfieldgeomicrobiology.berkeley.edu

Microorganism and mineral interactions; geochemical cycling, bioremediation, human microbiome

Rachel Brembuckinstitute.org/bremMembers

Fungi as a model system for the study of genetic variation and evolution

Steven E. Brenner

compbio.berkeley.eduComputational Biology, Genomics, Protein Function Prediction
Tom Brunsnature.berkeley.edu/brunslab

Fungal Ecology and Systematics

Jamie Catelanai.qb3.berkeley.edu/CateLab

Biochemical and biophysical research in protein synthesis, translational control and enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose

Michelle Changcchem.berkeley.edu/mccgrp/

Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, and Synthetic Biology—Designing new biosynthetic pathways for in vivo cellular production of biofuels and pharmaceuticals

John D. Coatescoateslab.berkeley.edu


Devin Coleman-Derrpgec.berkeley.edu/dcoleman-derr

Abiotic stress response and plant growth promoting microbial communities

Laurent Coscoymcb.berkeley.edu/faculty/all/coscoyl

The molecular mechanisms of immune evasion employed by KSHV (human herpesvirus 8)

John Dueberdueberlab.berkeley.edu

Developing strategies for introducing designable, modular control over living cells; particularly interested in biofuel applications

Mary Firestoneourenvironment.berkeley.edu/people/mary-firestone

Microbial community ecology in terrestrial systems

Suzanne Fleiszigvcresearch.berkeley.edu/faculty/suzanne-mj-fleiszig

Pseudomonas aeruginosa pathogenesis: host-pathogen interactions determining health versus disease

N. Louise Glassglasslab.berkeley.edu

  Biofuels, Fungi

Britt A. Glaunsingerglaunsingerlab.berkeley.edu

Virus-Host Interactions, RNA-Based Regulation

Igor Grigorievgenome.jgi.doe.gov/programs/fungi

Fungal Genomics

Eva Harrissph.berkeley.edu/eva-harris

Molecular virology, pathogenesis, immunology, epidemiology, and control of dengue

James Hurleymembrane.berkeley.eduRelationship and interactions between proteins and membranes

Jay Keasling


Microorganism metabolic engineering for environmentally friendly product synthesis or contaminant biodegradation

Nicole King

kinglab.berkeley.eduMolecular and comparative genomic approaches to reconstruct the origin and evolution of animals
Arash Komeiliwww.komeililab.org


Jennifer D. Lewislewislab.berkeley.edu

Plant Disease and Immunity

Han Limib.berkeley.edu/labs/lim/index.html

Gene networks and molecular mechanisms that generate phenotypic diversity; bacterial differentiation, evolution and pathogenesis

Steven E. Lindowicelab.berkeley.edu

  Ecology of Plant-Associated Microorganisms

Fenyong Liusph.berkeley.edu/fenyong-liu

Biology of, and therapeutic intervention for human herpes viruses

Sangwei Lu


Pathogenesis and stress response of Salmonella serovars; foodborne diseases

Krishna K. Niyoginiyogilab.berkeley.edu

Regulation of Photosynthesis

Celine Palludcelinepallud.com

Soil biogeochemistry & biogeophysics, environmental fate of contaminants

Daniel Portnoymcb.berkeley.edu/faculty/all/portnoyd

Microbial Disease, Defending Against Infection

Lee Rileysph.berkeley.edu/lee-riley

Epidemiology with molecular biology to characterize pathogenesis of infectious agents e.g. tuberculosis and diarrheal diseases

Jasper Rine


Molecular genetics, functional genomics and cell biology of yeast, with an emphasis on epigenetics

Kathleen Ryankathleenryanlab.berkeley.edu

Bacterial Cell Cycle, Regulatory Pathways

David Savagesavagelab.org

Synthetic biology, protein engineering and microbial physiology

Randy Schekmanmcb.berkeley.edu/labs/schekman

The process of membrane assembly, vesicular transport, and membrane fusion among organelles of the secretory pathway

Kimberley Seedpmb.berkeley.edu/profile/kim-seed


Michael Shapiraib.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/shapiram

Host-microbiota-pathogen interactions, aging

Kimmen Sjölanderphylogenomics.berkeley.edu

Computational Biology, Bioinformatics

Chris R. Somerville

vcresearch.berkeley.edu/faculty/chris-somervilleUniversity - Industry Collaborations

Shauna Somerville


Plant-pathogen interactions; mechanisms of host defense; cell wall integrity sensing

Chelsea D. Spechtspechtlab.berkeley.edu

Plant Evolution, Evolutionary Developmental Genetics

Sarah Stanleysph.berkeley.edu/sarah-stanley

Molecular mechanisms of M. tuberculosis virulence and pathogenesis in macrophages

Brian Staskawicz

staskawiczlab.berkeley.eduPlant Immunity

Richard Stephens

sph.berkeley.edu/richard-stephensPathogenic mechanisms of intracellular agents that cause infectious disease

Michi Taga

tagalab.berkeley.eduMicrobial Interactions, Cofactor Synthesis

John W. Taylor

taylorlab.berkeley.eduFungal evolution and genomics

Matt F. Traxler

traxlerlab.berkeley.eduBacterial interspecies interactions and specialized metabolism

Russell Vance

mcb.berkeley.edu/faculty/IMM/vancer.htmlInnate immune sensing of intracellular bacterial pathogens

Matt Welch

mcb.berkeley.edu/labs/welchHost-pathogen interactions, esp. how pathogens exploit the host cytoskeleton for growth and spread during infection

Mary C. Wildermuth

nature.berkeley.edu/wildermuthlabPlant-Microbe Interactions
Ashley Wolf
Gut Microbiota; Metabolism; Genomics; Host-Microbe interactions

Patricia C. Zambryski

vcresearch.berkeley.edu/faculty/patricia-zambryskiType IV secretion in bacteria and cell-to-cell transport in plants

Wenjun Zhang

cchem.berkeley.edu/wzgrpNatural product biosynthesis and engineering for health and bioenergy applications