User:Nathan Brown

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I work in the Dreher Lab at Oregon State University. I learned about OpenWetWare while looking for protocols to make 0.5M EDTA, and I've joined because I want to connect with other synthetic biologists.


  • 2016 (anticipated), PhD Microbiology, Oregon State University
    • Developing genetic engineering tools for synthetic biology in cyanobacteria.
  • 2008, BS Microbiology, Oregon State University

Research interests

How do bacteriophages interact with their hosts? How do they manipulate host metabolism? Can viral manipulation of host metabolism provide useful targets for metabolic engineering?




  1. A freshwater cyanophage whose genome indicates close relationships to photosynthetic marine cyanomyophages.

    Dreher TW, Brown N, Bozarth CS, Schwartz AD, Riscoe E, Thrash C, Bennett SE, Tzeng SC, Maier CS. Environ Microbiol. 2011 Jul;13(7):1858-74. doi: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2011.02502.x. PMID: 21605306

  1. The Kil peptide of bacteriophage λ blocks Escherichia coli cytokinesis via ZipA-dependent inhibition of FtsZ assembly.

    Haeusser DP, Hoashi M, Weaver A, Brown N, Pan J, Sawitzke JA, Thomason LC, Court DL, Margolin W. PLoS Genet. 2014 Mar 20;10(3):e1004217. PMID: 24651041


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