People: Microbiome Center Executive Committee

James Adair

Professor of Material Science and Engineering
Nanoscale materials and phenomena for biological, optical and structural applications, property manipulation via novel chemical pathways for designer particles and materials, colloid and interfacial chemistry, powder characterization, powder processing, and commercialization and regulatory pathways for nanomedical human healthcare formulations

Lee Ahern

Associate Professor of Advertising and Public Relations

Corien Bakermans

Professor of Microbiology (Altoona)

Mary Ann Bruns

Professor of Soil Microbiology and Biogeochemistry
Compositions and functions of microbiomes in agriculture, ecological restoration, and engineered systems for ecosystem service provision and climate change adaptation

Carolee Bull

Director of the Microbiome Center; Professor of Plant Pathology; Bacterial Systematics Head, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
Bacterial systematics, epidemiology, and population biology of bacterial plant pathogens and biological control agents to develop alternatives to synthetic chemicals for plant disease management

Darrell Cockburn

Assistant Professor of Food Science

Vasant Honavar

Huck Chair in Biomedical Data Sciences and AI; Professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology
Statistical machine learning algorithms for predictive modeling; modeling and inference of biological networks; characterization and prediction of protein-protein, protein-RNA, and protein-DNA interactions.

David Koslicki

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Biology
Developing efficient algorithms to extract insight from high-throughput sequencing data.

Jasna Kovac

Lester Earl and Veronica Casida Career Development Professor of Food Safety; Assistant Professor of Food Science
Integrating epidemiological, microbiological, molecular and omics methods to better understand microbial pathogenic potential, antimicrobial resistance, and epidemiology of foodborne pathogens.

Siela Maximova

Research Professor of Plant Biotechnology Co-Director, Endowed Program in the Molecular Biology of Cocoa
Molecular basis of plant-pathogen and plant-endophyte interactions. Biotechnology of tree crops. Development of sustainable energy crops.

Tim Miyashiro

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
How bacteria adapt to a host environment. The mutualistic symbiosis established between the Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) and a bioluminescent bacterium (Vibrio fischeri).

Andrew Patterson

Professor and Huck Chair of Molecular Toxicology; Faculty Oversight, Metabolomics Core Facility
The Patterson lab is focused on understanding the host-metabolite-microbiome axis

John Regan

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Biological treatment processes, molecular microbial ecology, bioenergy production.

Connie Rogers

Associate Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences
Role of changes in energy balance and related nutritional factors on inflammation, immune regulation, and cancer risk using both animal models and human subjects.

Guy Townsend

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Laura Weyrich

Associate Professor of Anthropology