MEB Faculty

John Heidelberg

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Section Head

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-5791
Office: AHF 209D

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A. Biology, Maryville College, 1987
  • Ph.D. Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences, University of Maryland, 1997

  • Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Dr. John Heidelberg’s research interests are the field of microbial genomics. Specifically, he is studying the metabolic potential of the common and abundant marine bacteria by sequencing these organisms’ DNA. Because we are unable to bring the vast majority of bacteria into a pure culture, we are unable to use more common microbiological techniques to study these uncultured bacteria. Therefore, Dr. Heidelberg employs on of the newest DNA sequencers to look at the genomes of these bacteria without the need of first growing the bacteria in pure culture.
    Research Specialties
    Marine Metagenomics Marine Metatranscriptomics Marine Microbilogy Microbial Genomics

    Service to the Profession

    Editorships and Editorial Boards
    • Senior Editor, The ISME Journal: Multidisciplinary Journal of Microbial Ecology, 08/10/2006-  

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • University of Southern California
  • Allan Hancock Foundation Building
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371