Department of Microbiology News

Microbiology Professor Steven Wilhelm Appointed Mossman Professor

Steven Wilhelm

Steven Wilhelm, professor of microbiology, has been appointed Kenneth and Blaire Mossman Professor. The five-year appointment began August 1, 2014, and continues through the end of the 2018-19 academic year. The professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences was generously endowed in 2010 by alumni Kenneth and Blaire Mossman formerly of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Microbes thrive below Antarctic ice. A hint of life elsewhere in solar system?


Multiple news outlets have featured the research of microbiology assistant professor Jill Mikucki. She was part of a team that examined waters and sediments from a shallow lake deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet and found the extreme environment supports microbial ecosystems. The National Science Foundation-funded research has implications for life in other extreme environments,

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UT Research Uncovers Subglacial Life Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet


UT research finds life can persist in a cold, dark world. A UT microbiology assistant professor was part of a team that examined waters and sediments from a shallow lake deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet and found the extreme environment supports microbial ecosystems.

Cross-Country Science: UT Faculty Mentor Inner-City New Jersey Youth


When faculty members Karen Lloyd and Andrew Steen saw an opportunity to introduce a group of inner-city New Jersey high school students to science, they made it happen. Lloyd, an assistant professor of microbiology, and her husband, Steen, an assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences, just completed their second summer program with students and teachers from Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark.

The Engineer: Top Five Discoveries in Denmark

A study led by Karen Lloyd, assistant professor of microbiology, has been listed as one of the top five research discoveries in Denmark by Ingenioren, which translates to “The Engineer.” The study, published in Nature, reveals that these microscopic life-forms called archaea slowly eat tiny bits of protein. To view the article, visit  the Ingenioren

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News Sentinel: UT Research Foundation awards funding grants

The Knoxville News Sentinel featured a professor who hopes his cutting-edge research with bioluminescent zebrafish leads to cures for some human diseases is among the recipients of funding from the UT Research Foundation Multi-Disciplinary office. Steve Ripp, research assistant professor in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, is among eight groups of faculty inventors at UT

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UT Technology Named a 2013 Top Innovation

Technology developed by UT researchers that lights up cells to enable study of the effects of drugs and monitor disease is among The Scientist magazine’s top ten innovations of 2013. Most bioluminescent tests, or tests that light up cells, only temporarily generate a light signal. The UT technology genetically modifies the cells so they light up in response to specific stimuli that can be monitored over time.

Expert on Treatment of Malaria to Speak at Last Science Forum

Current research of the treatment of malaria is the topic of the final Science Forum of the semester. Nathan Schmidt, assistant professor of microbiology, will present “A ‘Sweet’ Approach to Treating Malaria” on Friday, November 22. Schmidt’s presentation begins at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena.

Professor Returns to Land from Sea Research Cruise

Andrew Steen, a research assistant professor in microbiology, has his feet back on dry land after spending a week at sea with thirteen other scientists. Steen was chosen to be part of the scientific crew of the research ship R/V Endeavor on a cruise that aims to train the next generation of seagoing scientists to become chief scientists.