Dr. Tim Braun, Biological Sciences
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|
|Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Friday: none|
|Homepage:||or by appointment (email is best)|
Bio310 (micro) (Microbiology)
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