Jay McCarren

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Jay W. McCarren

Post-Doctoral Associate, November 2005 - Present

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Room 48-305, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139


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Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, November 2006-present. Professor Edward DeLong, advisor.

Ph.D. Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, September 2005. Professor Bianca Brahamsha, advisor.

- Dissertation: "‎Microscopic, genetic, and biochemical characterization of non-flagellar swimming motility in marine cyanobacteria"

MBL Microbial Diversity Course, Woods Hole MA, Summer 2003

B.A. Biochemistry, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs CO, May 1997


1. McCarren, J., and B. Brahamsha. (2009) Swimming motility mutants of marine Synechococcus affected in production and localization of the S-Layer protein SwmA. J. Bacteriol. 191: 1111-1114. PDF, Link

2. Zehr, J., S.R. Bench, E.A. Mondragon, J. McCarren, and E.F. DeLong. (2007) Low genomic diversity in tropical oceanic N2-fixing cyanobacteria. Proc Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 104:17807–17812. PDF, Link

3. McCarren, J., and E.F. DeLong, (2007) Proteorhodopsin photosystem gene clusters exhibit co-evolutionary trends and shared ancestry among diverse marine microbial phyla. Environmental Microbiology 9: 846-858. PDF, Link

4. McCarren, J., and B. Brahamsha. (2007) SwmB, a 1.12-Megadalton protein that Is required for nonflagellar swimming motility in Synechococcus. J. Bacteriol. 189: 1158-1162. PDF, Link

5. McCarren, J., and B. Brahamsha. (2005) Transposon mutagenesis in a marine Synechococcus strain: Isolation of swimming motility mutants. J. Bacteriol. 187: 4457-4462. PDF, Link

6. McCarren, J., Heuser, J., Roth, R., Yamada, N., Martone, M., and Brahamsha, B. (2005) Inactivation of swmA results in the loss of an outer cell layer in a swimming Synechococcus strain. J. Bacteriol. 187: 224-230. PDF, Link

7. Palenik, B., B. Brahamsha, F.W. Larimer, M. Land, L. Hauser, P. Chain, J. Lamerdin, W. Regala, E.E. Allen, J. McCarren, I. Paulsen, A. Dufresne, F. Partensky, E.A. Webb, and J. Waterbury. (2003) The genome of a motile marine Synechococcus. Nature 424:1037–1042. PDF, Link

Recent Presentations:

Invited talks

MIT Chemical Oceanography & Biogeochemistry Seminar, April 2009. "Investigating dissolved organic matter utilization by marine microbial communities via metatranscriptomic and functional screening approaches."

Rutgers University, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, March 2009. "Decoding Bacterial Physiologies in the Ocean: Investigations of marine microbes from individual genes to metatranscriptomes"

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Biology Department, February 2009. “Decoding Bacterial Physiologies in the Ocean: Investigations of marine microbes from individual genes to metatranscriptomes”

University of Delaware, College of Marine and Earth Studies, May 2008. “Novel Bacterial Physiologies in the Ocean: using genetics, genomics, and metagenomics to investigate marine microbes”

Colorado School of Mines, Division of Environmental Science and Engineering, February 2008. “Applying genetic, genomic, and metagenomic tools to environmental microbiology”

WHOI Biogeochemistry Seminar, May 2007. “Co-evolution of proteorhodopsin photosystems from diverse marine microbial phyla”


Poster presentation: DOE-BER Genomes to Life Workshop, February 2009. "Bacterioplankton Community Transcriptional Response to Environmental Perturbations"

Poster presentation: ASM 108th General Meeting, May 2008. “Functional Screening of Environmental DNA Libraries to Identify Novel Carbon Catabolism Genes”

Poster presentation: ASM 104th General Meeting, May 2004. “Identification on Characterization of SwmB, a 1.1MDa Protein that is required for Non-flagellar Swimming in Marine Synechococcus

Poster presentation: ASLO Ocean Research Conference, February 2004

Poster presentation: ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, February 2003 “Gene Clusters Required for Swimming Motility in Marine Synechococcus*outstanding student poster award winner

Field work:

Eastern South Pacific Oxygen Minimum Zone (Agouron OMZ project, MOOMZ-1) R/V Vidal Gormaz, June 2008.

North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (CMORE "BloomER" cruise KM179), R/V Kilo Moana, August 2007.

Sargasso Sea (Bermuda Atlantic Time Series) cruise #216, R/V Atlantic Explorer, October 2006.

Teaching Experience:

Teaching Assistant, University of California, San Diego, 2005: Marine Microbiology with Professors B. Tebo, M Haygood, and B, Brahamsha

Teaching Assistant, University of California, San Diego, 2003: Laboratory in Microbiology with Professor B. Brahamsha

Previous Research Experience:

Research Associate I/II. AMC Cancer Research Center, Denver CO, Fall 1997 - Spring 1999. Biochemical and Molecular Biological research in the laboratory of Professor Henry Thompson (currently at CSU)

REU Scholar. 1996. Colorado State University Department of Biochemistry.

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