User:Neil R Gottel

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Me, duh.

I'm a second year microbiology grad student in the Barrick Lab, studying the evolution of microbial genomes. Specifically, I'm interested in the use of evolution to evolve a "minimal genome" for E. coli. I'm also interested in gene transfer agents (GTAs), they're really weird (and they share the same acronym as a highly controversial series of video games).

Before coming to Texas, I worked in the Kent Lab at UIUC and the Plant Microbe Interfaces group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Now I stick to research that doesn't require subjecting myself to poison ivy and mosquitoes.


  • 2009, BS, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Research interests

  1. Microbial Evolution
  2. Gene Transfer Agents
  3. Synthetic Biology


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Blog that I'm currently obsessed with


  1. Gottel NR, Castro HF, Kerley M, Yang Z, Pelletier DA, Podar M, Karpinets T, Uberbacher E, Tuskan GA, Vilgalys R, Doktycz MJ, and Schadt CW. Distinct microbial communities within the endosphere and rhizosphere of Populus deltoides roots across contrasting soil types. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2011 Sep;77(17):5934-44. DOI:10.1128/AEM.05255-11 | PubMed ID:21764952 | HubMed [Populus]
  2. Hodkinson BP, Gottel NR, Schadt CW, and Lutzoni F. Photoautotrophic symbiont and geography are major factors affecting highly structured and diverse bacterial communities in the lichen microbiome. Environ Microbiol. 2012 Jan;14(1):147-61. DOI:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2011.02560.x | PubMed ID:21906220 | HubMed [Lichen]
  3. Sullivan TS, Gottel NR, Basta N, Jardine PM, and Schadt CW. Firing range soils yield a diverse array of fungal isolates capable of organic acid production and Pb mineral solubilization. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2012 Sep;78(17):6078-86. DOI:10.1128/AEM.01091-12 | PubMed ID:22729539 | HubMed [FiringRangeSoil]

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