Dr. Stephen Giovannoni,  Distinguished Professor

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Research Interests:  Ecology, evolution and systems biology of Pelagibacterales (SAR11) marine bacteria; new technologies for culturing bacteria; the marine carbon cycle.

Courses Taught:  MB 420/520 Microbial Genomics, Biogeochemistry and Diversity; MB 668 Microbial Bioinformatics and Genome Evolution.  

HIGH THROUGHPUT MICROBIAL CULTIVATION LAB (HTCL)Dr.  Stephen Giovannoni manages OSU's High Throughput Culturing Laboratory (HTCL), which pioneered automated methods for isolating microbes under environmentally realistic conditions, and discovered many new microorganisms.  His lab is one of few that apply phenomics and systems biology to the "dark matter" of microbial diversity - the microbes that shape global environments but defy controlled study.  They have been leaders in exploring the underlying reasons for cells not growing in laboratories.  The HTCL distributes cell cultures and DNA to researchers around the world.

RESEARCH:  We study how biology interacts with the atmosphere and the oceans to change global patterns in the movement of carbon and other elements.  Our experiments begin at sea, but we carry this research into the laboratory, where we work with microbial cells and genome sequences to discover new cell types and new biochemical transformations of matter.  Our goals are to understand how these extraordinary cells evolved, how they function, and how planktonic ecosystems will change in response to ocean warming.




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