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Department of Botany & Microbiology
The University of Oklahoma


Overall Research Themes

The Dunn lab uses molecular and genetic tools to understand how bacterial physiology contributes to the ability of microbes to survive and thrive in the environment, whether it be while free-living or during association with another organism.

Our current model organisms are the bioluminescent marine bacteria Vibrio fischeri and Photobacterium leiognathi. V. fischeri has both a free-living and a symbiotic host-associated lifestyle, making it an ideal organism for studying how different physiological attributes contribute to flexibility in lifestyle. Certain strains of P. leiognathi are very brightly luminescent during laboratory culture. We are interested in learning more about how the cells regulate this energetically expensive process and how doing so benefits the cells. Please see the current research link for more detailed information about research projects in the lab.

Vibrio fischeri colonies on an agar plate under normal light (left) and in the dark (right), demonstrating bioluminescence production. [Credit: J. W. Hastings through E. G. Ruby]

 

 

Dr. Anne K. Dunn


Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology


Contact Information

712 George Lynn
Cross Hall

Phone: 405.325.6302

akdunn@ou.edu


Education

Postdoctoral Fellow,
University of Georgia, Dept. of Microbiology, 2002-2007

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dept. of Bacteriology, 2002


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