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Dr. Tim Braun, Biological Sciences

Dr. Tim Braun
Contact Information
Office Hours (or by appointment)
Name: Tim Braun Monday:  9-11 AM
Office:   312A Piez Hall Tuesday: none
Phone:   312-2797 Wednesday: 11:15-12:25
FAX: Thursday: none
Email: Friday:  none
Homepage:    or by appointment (email is best)

Teaching Schedule:

                 Bio310 (micro)  (Microbiology)

                 Bio120 lab


Professional Interests:

       Current Research Projects:

                1.) Gliding motility in Flavobacterium johnsoniae

    Flavobacterium is a common soil and freshwater bacterium that is able to digest the biopolymer chitin and is important in carbon cycling in many environments. It is able to move over surfaces by a novel form of cellular motility called gliding motility. The mechanism of gliding motility is not understood. My lab takes genetic, biochemical, and proteomic approachs to try to understand gliding motility. Gliding motility is attracting more interest currently because it is linked to the breakdown of other biopolymers such as cellulose, possibly leading to new sources of liquid fuels.

                2.) Antimicrobial compounds from environmental isolates

    Bacterial resistance to currently available antibiotics is a growing problem in medicine. New antibiotics are needed. This project involves a compound secreted by a bacterium in the genus Pseudomonas that was isolated here on the SUNY Oswego campus. This project has largely been driven by student interest and currently involves structural studies of the antimicrobial compound and genetic studies of the genes involved in its production.


Hobbies: Hiking, Backpacking, Mountaineering, Biking,  and Theater




 Last Updated 2/15/10