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OMBI Investigators

OMBI Investigators

OMBI includes a diverse group of investigative labororaties and affiliate research organizations. Please see the list of list of investigators below for more information.

Dr. Massimo Bionaz

Assistant Professor, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences

  • Animal-microbe intereactions
  • Mastitis

Dr. Jeff Chang

Associate Professor, Department of Botant & Plant Pathology

  • Plant-microbe interactions

Dr. Frederick (Rick) Colwell

Professor, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Department of Microbiology

  • Microbial ecology
  • Subsurface microbiology
  • Geomicrobiology
  • Biogeochemistry

Dr. Byron Crump

Professor,College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

  • Aquatic microbial ecology in marine, estuarine and freshwater ecosystems
  • Microbial biogeography
  • Microbiome science
  • Metagenomics
  • Organic matter and nutrient cycling
  • Microbial food web structure

Dr. David Dallas

Assistant Professor,Department of Nutrition

  • Milk protein digestion in infants
  • Bioactive peptides
  • Antimicrobial peptides
  • Immunomodulatory peptides
  • Mass spectrometry

Dr. Benjamin Dalziel

Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology
Department of Mathematics

  • Ecology and evolution of infectious disease
  • Host population structure as a driver of microbial biogeography

Dr. Theo Dreher

Professor, Department of Microbiology

  • Cyanobacteria; Genomics; Metagenomics; Genome evolution; Cyanobactertial bloom dynamics

Dr. Stephen Giovannoni

Distinguished Professor, Department of Microbiology

  • Ecology, evolution and systems biology of Pelagibacterales (SAR11) marine bacteria
  • New technologies for culturing bacteria
  • The marine carbon cycle

Dr. Adrian F. Gombart

Associate Professor, Linus Pauling Institute, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

  • Vitamin D
  • Xanthohumol
  • Immunity
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Microbiota

Dr. Niklaus Grunwald

Professor, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology

  • Plant pathology; plant microbiomes; plant pathogen genomics end evolution

Dr. David Hendrix

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

  • Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Gene Regulation
  • Deep Learning

Dr. Emily Ho

Professor, School of Biological & Population Health Sciences, Linus Pauling Institute

  • Diet
  • Nutrition & microbiome interactions
  • Natural products
  • Micronutrients

Dr. Duo Jiang

Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics

  • Statistical genetics and genomics
  • Graphical models and network analysis
  • 16S
  • RNA-seq and metabolomic data analytics
  • Mixed-effects models

Dr. Yuan Jiang

Associate Professor, Department of Statistics

  • Data integration
  • Variable selection
  • Network analysis
  • Statistical genetics
  • GWAS
  • RNA-seq
  • Metagenomics

Dr. Dipankar Koley

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

  • Microbial metabolism at high spatial and temporal resolution
  • Bacterial metabolic interactions
  • Bacteria-host and Bacteria-environment intereactions

Dr. David Koslicki

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics

  • Methods development in genomics and metagenomics

Dr. Sandra Loesgen

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Adjuct faculty to Pharmacy

  • Microbial Chemistry
  • Natural Products
  • Metabolomics
  • Drug Discovery
  • Glycan Recognition

Dr. Ryan Mueller

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology

  • Horizontal gene transfer
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Environmental succession
  • Niche adaptation
  • Physiological adaptation to environmental change

Dr. David Myrold

Professor, Department of Crop and Soil Science

  • Soil microbial ecology
  • Soil nitrogen cycling

Dr. Stephen Ramsey

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

  • Cancer
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Gene regulation

Dr. Thomas Sharpton

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Department of Statistics

  • Gut Microbiome
  • Metagenomics
  • Host-Microbiome Interactions
  • Ecology
  • Evolution

Dr. Fred Stevens

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Linus Pauling Institute

  • Polyphenols
  • Microbial metabolites
  • Metabolomics

Dr. Robert Tanguay

Distinguished Professor, Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology

  • Zebrafish
  • Molecular Toxicology
  • High Throughput Screening
  • Development
  • Green Chemistry
  • Tissue Regeneration

Dr. Andrew Thurber

Assistant Professor, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Dept. of Microbiology

  • Marine ecosystem ecology with a focus on integrating biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, and animal systems to understand ecosystem function

Dr. Susan Tilton

Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology

  • Molecular toxicology
  • Genomics
  • Carcinogenesis

Dr. Brett Tyler

Professor, Department of Plant Pathology
Director, Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing

  • Systems biology of plant disease
  • Oomycetes
  • Forest microbiomes
  • Biodiversity

Dr. Rebecca Vega-Thurber

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology

  • Microorganismal interaction with and regulation of marine ecosystems
  • Tropical reef and deep-sea microbiomes