Ming Tien

Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Ming Tien

Research Summary

Characterization and biochemical analysis of cellulose synthesis in a variety of organisms. Mechanism and regulation of fungal degradation of lignin. Dissimilatory Iron reduction.

Huck Institutes Affiliations


Most Recent Papers

Kinetic analysis of cellulose synthase of Gluconacetobacter hansenii in whole cells and in purified form

John B. McManus, Liza Wilson, Hui Yang, James D. Kubicki, Ming Tien, 2018, Enzyme and Microbial Technology on p. 24-29

Host-plant induced changes in microbial community structure and midgut gene expression in an invasive polyphage (Anoplophora glabripennis

Erin D. Scully, Scott M. Geib, Charles J. Mason, John E. Carlson, Ming Tien, Han Yi Chen, Scott Harding, Chung Jui Tsai, Kelli Hoover, 2018, Scientific Reports

Longevity in vivo of primary cell wall cellulose synthases

Joseph Lee Hill, Cooper Josephs, William J. Barnes, Charles T. Anderson, Ming Tien, 2018, Plant molecular biology on p. 279-289

Initiation, Elongation, and Termination of Bacterial Cellulose Synthesis

John B. McManus, Hui Yang, Liza Wilson, James D. Kubicki, Ming Tien, 2018, ACS Omega on p. 2690-2698

Reducing biomass recalcitrance by heterologous expression of a bacterial peroxidase in tobacco (Nicotiana benthamiana)

Ayalew Ligaba-Osena, Bertrand Hankoua, Kay Dimarco, Robert Pace, Mark Crocker, Jesse McAtee, Nivedita Nagachar, Ming Tien, Tom L. Richard, 2017, Scientific Reports

Within gut physicochemical variation does not correspond to distinct resident fungal and bacterial communities in the tree-killing xylophage, Anoplophora glabripennis

Charles J. Mason, David C. Long, Elizabeth M. McCarthy, Nivedita Nagachar, Cristina Rosa, Erin D. Scully, Ming Tien, Kelli Hoover, 2017, Journal of Insect Physiology on p. 27-35

Modulation of the reactivity of multiheme cytochromes by site-directed mutagenesis

Alexandra S. Alves, Nazua L. Costa, Ming Tien, Ricardo O. Louro, Catarina M. Paquete, 2017, Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry on p. 87-97


John B. McManus, Ying Deng, Nivedita Nagachar, Teh Hui Kao, Ming Tien, 2016, Enzyme and Microbial Technology on p. 58-65

Isolation and characterization of two cellulose morphology mutants of Gluconacetobacter hansenii ATCC23769 producing cellulose with lower crystallinity

Ying Deng, Nivedita Nagachar, Lin Fang, Xin Luan, Jeffrey M. Catchmark, Ming Tien, Teh Hui Kao, 2015, PloS one

Functional genomics and microbiome profiling of the Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) reveal insights into the digestive physiology and nutritional ecology of wood feeding beetles

Erin D. Scully, Scott M. Geib, John E. Carlson, Ming Tien, Duane McKenna, Kelli Hoover, 2014, BMC Genomics

High-Impact Papers

Characterization of an electron conduit between bacteria and the extracellular environment

Robert S. Hartshorne, Catherine L. Reardon, Daniel Ross, Jochen Nuester, Thomas A. Clarke, Andrew J. Gates, Paul C. Mills, Jim K. Fredrickson, John M. Zachara, Liang Shi, Alex S. Beliaev, Matthew J. Marshall, Ming Tien, Susan Brantley, Julea N. Butt, David J. Richardson, 2009, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 22169-22174

Kinetic characterization of OmcA and MtrC, terminal reductases involved in respiratory electron transfer for dissimilatory iron reduction in Shewanella oneidensis MR-1

Daniel E. Ross, Susan L. Brantley, Ming Tien, 2009, Applied and Environmental Microbiology on p. 5218-5226

Identification of an extracellular polysaccharide network essential for cytochrome anchoring and biofilm formation in Geobacter sulfurreducens

Janet B. Rollefson, Camille S. Stephen, Ming Tien, Daniel R. Bond, 2011, Journal of Bacteriology on p. 1023-1033

The arabidopsis cellulose synthase complex

Joseph L. Hill, Mustafa B. Hammudi, Ming Tien, 2014, Plant Cell on p. 4834-4842

Effect of host tree species on cellulase activity and bacterial community composition in the gut of larval asian longhorned beetle

Scott M. Geib, Maria Del Mar Jimenez-Gasco, John E. Carlson, Ming Tien, Kelli Hoover, 2009, Environmental Entomology on p. 686-699

Metagenomic Profiling Reveals Lignocellulose Degrading System in a Microbial Community Associated with a Wood-Feeding Beetle

Erin D. Scully, Scott M. Geib, Kelli Hoover, Ming Tien, Susannah G. Tringe, Kerrie W. Barry, Tijana Glavina del Rio, Mansi Chovatia, Joshua R. Herr, John E. Carlson, 2013, PLoS One

Effects of laccase on lignin depolymerization and enzymatic hydrolysis of ensiled corn stover

Qin Chen, Megan N. Marshall, Scott M. Geib, Ming Tien, Tom L. Richard, 2012, Bioresource technology on p. 186-192

Differential proteomic analysis of the secretome of Irpex lacteus and other white-rot fungi during wheat straw pretreatment

Davinia Salvachúa, Angel T. Martínez, Ming Tien, María F. López-Lucendo, Francisco García, Vivian De Los Ríos, María Jesús Martínez, Alicia Prieto, 2013, Biotechnology for Biofuels

Midgut transcriptome profiling of Anoplophora glabripennis, a lignocellulose degrading cerambycid beetle

Erin D. Scully, Kelli Hoover, John E. Carlson, Ming Tien, Scott M. Geib, 2013, BMC Genomics

Identification of proteins involved in lignocellulose degradation using in gel zymogram analysis combined with mass spectroscopy-based peptide analysis of gut proteins from larval Asian longhorned beetles, Anoplophora glabripennis

Scott M. Geib, Ming Tien, Kelli Hoover, 2010, Insect Science on p. 253-264