The faculty’s research programs span areas of broad interest in the cellular and molecular aspects of bacterial, plant and animal life functions. Areas of research include:

Physiology and Genetics

  • Environmental biology
  • Transcriptional regulation in plants
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Genetics and biochemistry of Archaea;proteases/chaperones;protein engineering; proteomics
  • Microbial genetics and biochemistry
  • Biochemistry of methanogenesis; protein structure and function
  • Genetics and regulation of nitrogen, hydrogen and molybdate metabolism; global regulation and metabolic engineering

Innate Immunity and Pathogenesis

ETOH Pilot Plant Dedication

  • Transcriptional regulation in plant cells
  • Innate immunity, interferons, signal transduction
  • Immunity, Host-pathogen interactions; Parasitology
  • Host-pathogen interactions; Mycology


  • Mechanisms of bacterial spore resistance and longevity
  • Survival and proliferation of microorganisms in extreme extraterrestrial environments
  • Microbial evolution in novel environments
  • Complex microbial mat ecosystems under Earth and simulated Martian conditions

Florida Center for Renewable Chemicals and Fuels (FCRC)

FCRC was established in January 2002 with the primary goal of facilitating research and graduate education throughout the State University System in the multi-disciplinary areas of renewable chemicals and fuels. The Center provides a vehicle to solve new technological challenges, serves as a forum to foster productive interactions among faculty and students, assists faculty in the development of competitive research grants, and increases the visibility of this important activity at the state and national levels.

Research Opportunities for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Research opportunities for both graduate student research and undergraduate research are available in the laboratories of the Microbiology and Cell Science faculty. Any member of the graduate faculty may be contacted to learn about the opportunities in their lab.

Currently, there are members of the faculty who are seeking qualified undergraduate students and graduate students to participate in the research program in their laboratories.

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