I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and moved to the center of the state to study Biochemistry and French at Juniata College. As an undergraduate, I had the fortune to both study abroad for a year in Lille and do research on a yeast retrotransposon in the Keeney Lab. It wasn’t until graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis that I discovered the fascinating world of microbiology. I completed my Ph.D. research in the Levin Lab studying cell division in Bacillus subtilis. Since then my primary research interest has extended to several bacterial species and the ways that phages subvert host cell division. Many of my posts will relate to cyotkinesis or the cytoskeleton, but I also will post on appropriate subjects that attract my interest. I am also passionate about science education/teaching and strive to find novel ways of disseminating my love for microbiology to students and the general public. I am excited to take an active role here with Elio and colleagues in communicating with everyone and learning more about the tiny – but substantial – microbes out there.
Daniel Haeusser is a postdoctoral fellow in the Margolin Lab in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas, Houston Medical School.