Ph.D. 2005, MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
M.S. 1999, Stanford University
B.S. 1998, Stanford University
We are interested in understanding the relationship between the structure of microbial communities and their function. We are employing the tools of molecular biology, genomics, and genetics to identify the components of microbial communities, and to study their dynamics, interactions, and organization. Linking the activities of microbes to their genomic content and population structure is a critical step towards manipulating microbial systems for human benefit, be it pollution degradation or protection against pathogens.
1.083 - Environmental Health Engineering
1.89 - Environmental Microbiology
Thompson, J. R. and M. F. Polz. Dynamics of Vibrio populations and their role in environmental nutrient cycles. The Biology of Vibrios. American Society of Microbiology Press (2006)
Luyten, Y. A., Thompson, J. R., Polz, M. F., and D. L. Distel. Symbiont community composition varies among members of a single host population of the wood-boring bivalve Lyrodus pedicellatus (Bivalvia: Teredinidae) Appl Environ Microbiol. (2006) 72(1):412-7.
Thompson, J. R., Pacocha, S. E., Pharino, C., Klepac-Ceraj, V., Benoit, J., Sarma-Rupavtarm, R., Distel, D. L., and M. F. Polz. Genotypic Diversity within a Natural Coastal Bacterioplankton Population. Science (2005) 307(5713):1311-1313
Thompson, J. R., Randa, M. A., Marcelino, L. A., Tomita-Mitchell, A., and M. F. Polz. Diversity and Dynamics of a North Atlantic Vibrio Community. Appl Environ Microbiol (2004) 70(7)4130-4110.
Thompson, J. R., Marcelino, L. A., and M. F. Polz. Heteroduplexes in Mixed-Template Amplifications: formation, consequence and elimination by 'reconditioning PCR'. Nucleic Acids Res. (2002) 30(9)2083-2088.
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