Professor, Biology

Townes 171H

  • Current disciplinary research interests

      Impacts of urbanization on antibiotic-resistant bacterial communities
      Genetic diversity of E. coli population
      The diversity and distribution of tetracycline-resistant bacteria and tetracycline-resistant genes
      Bacterial pollutant source tracking

  • Interest in connecting sustainability to research

      Teaching: I am interested in diseases of poverty, especially infectious diseases.  I would like to collaborate with colleagues who are interested in sustainable healthcare systems and policies and develop team-teach courses integrating biological sciences and social sciences.

      Research: My student researchers and I study environmental impacts on the bacterial community composition, particularly the abundance, diversity, and distribution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antibiotic-resistant genes.

      Service: Testing the levels of indicator bacteria to assess water quality in the environment.

  • Center-funded research projects

      Assessing the soil bacterial diversity in Furman Farm

      This research will characterize the soil bacterial community in Furman Farm. This hypothesis‚Äźgenerating, descriptive study will lead to at least three future research projects: (1) continuous monitoring the succession of soil bacterial community in the farm to assess the underground diversity and productivity, (2) comparing the soil bacterial communities in the farm with those in the nearby conventionally fertilized lawns, and (3) applying the techniques developed for this project to study the impacts of land use changes on the soil bacterial communities in Upstate, South Carolina.

  • Sustainability courses taught
      • Microbiology
      • Genetics
      • Human Genetics
      • Infectious Disease Ecology (May)
      • Infectious Disease in Movies (May)
      • Disease and Culture (FYW)
      • Molecular Biotechniques (May)
      • Principles of Biology

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