Profile

Brian Hammer
Assistant Professor
Cherry Emerson 223
Cherry Emerson 218E 218F, 219A, 210
brian.hammer@biology.gatech.edu
404-385-7701
Educational Experience:
Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School, 2001, M.S., Conservation Biology, University of Michigan, 1995, B.S., Biology, Boston College, 1990
Research Interests:
bacterial genetics and genomics, signal transduction, biofilms, quorum sensing, small RNAs
Overview:

The main focus of research in my lab is to understand how bacteria convert intracellular and extracellular chemical information into changes in gene expression. In Vibrio cholerae, a common inhabitant of aquatic ecosystems and the cause of the fatal disease cholera, we are taking a “top-down” approach by dissecting cell signaling networks that control behaviors important in the environment and human host. In the model organism, E. coli, we are taking a "bottom-up" approach by engineering signaling systems into this microbe toward a goal of rationally designing molecular-based communication systems. To achieve these ends we use complementary methods including genetics and genomics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and ecological approaches.

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