The purpose of this blog is to share our appreciation for the width and depth of the microbial activities on this planet. We will emphasize the unusual and the unexpected phenomena for which we have a special fascination.
We welcome other microbiologists to answer queries, comments on my musings, write guest commentaries, and provide feedback.
I am an actively retired microbiologist, currently living in San Diego, California. I spent most of my research career working on growth physiology and bacterial cell organization. In 1985-86, I served as president of the ASM. I have a deep love of teaching, and have been told that my natural habitat is the other side of the lectern. I have authored several textbooks and co-edited treatises. I continue to write. After retirement, I have tried to satisfy my curiosity in broader microbiological phenomena, especially those related to ecology and symbiotic relationships. My hobby is wild mushrooms. For a short account of my activities, visit my home page.
I can be reached at elios179 [AT] gmail [DOT] com.
For Elio’s memoirs of his first 21 years of life, click here.
I feel Elio has been a close friend and mentor since I was a graduate student in the 1970s. Our common experience of growing up in Latin America, he in Ecuador and I in Guatemala certainly helped catalyze the beginning of our long lasting friendship. Thus, I was honored and thrilled when Elio and the team at Small Things Considered invited me as co-blogger. I very much look forward to being able to contribute to this most remarkable endeavor. Since 1983, members of the Kolter Lab at Harvard Medical School have been pursuing an eclectic collection of questions in bacterial physiology, evolution and genetics. Please visit the Kolter Lab website at gasp.med.harvard.edu to learn more. Feel free to contact me at rkolter[at]hms.harvard[dot]edu.