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John Heidelberg

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

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

Curriculum Vitae


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

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-  
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