Abstract

Molecular methods, genomics and metagenomics have transformed our understanding of the microbial world, and can be applied to vexing nvironmental problems such as climate change, the dispersal of antibiotic resistance genes, pathogen detection, and microbial degradation of environmental pollutants to name a few. Metagenomics is at the heart of new methods to assess the genetic complexity, system organization and functional capacity of microbial communities. I will present new approaches to assess and interrogate complex soil community genomic data, and then use this and sister methods to provide insight into a few of the mentioned environmental problems including antibiotic resistance genes as pollutants and organic chemical pollutant biodegradation. 

Speaker Bio

Dr. Tiedje is University Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, and is Director of the Center for Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University. His research focuses on microbial ecology, physiology and diversity, especially regarding the nitrogen cycle, biodegradation of environmental pollutants and use of metagenomics to understand microbial community structure and function. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Editor of Microbial and Molecular Biology Reviews. He is Fellow of the AAAS, the American Academy of Microbiology, and the Soil Science Society of America, and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He was President of the American Society for Microbiology and the International Society for Microbial Ecology. He received his B.S. degree from Iowa State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University.

The Perry McCarty Distinguished Lecture is made possible by the generous donations of the following individuals and companies: 
Donald S. Evans, Jr. and Ralph R. Peterson, and the CH2MHill Foundation were major benefactors. 
David D. Kennedy and Kennedy/Jenks Engineers made a significant contribution. 

And the following individuals gave generously: 
Dr. Michael C. Kavanaugh, Dr. Richard G. Luthy, Dr. Bruce E. Rittmann, Dr. and Mrs. Paul V. Roberts, Dr. Xinggang Tong and Ms. Danyang Zhang.

We also acknowledge additional gifts from Perry's many colleagues, friends and alumni.