Nakatsu to Speak about Microbial Communities

The Merck/AAAS 2007 Water Quality Research Invited Speaker, Cindy H. Nakatsu, will speak about “Microbial Communities: Who belongs and who just got there” at 10:30 a.m. July 17 in Magruder Hall 2001.

Nakatsu is currently a professor of agronomy, University Faculty Research Scholar, and member of the Life Sciences program (PULSe) at Purdue University. She joined the faculty in 1995, after she was a postdoctoral fellow at Michigan State University’s Center for Microbial Ecology. She received her Ph.D. in 1993 from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and her M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada.

As a microbial ecologist, she uses both basic and molecular biology techniques to gain a better understanding of the adaptation of environmental microorganisms to perturbed ecosystems. Perturbed ecosystems of particular interest are metal and/or hydrocarbon contaminated sites, stream and lake waters exposed to urban and rural inputs, fecal matter, and agricultural fields subjected to different agronomic practices. Analyses of microbial responses to perturbations range from determining changes in microbial community and population structure to changes in phylogenetic diversity to evolution or acquisition of novel functional traits.

Contact Cynthia Cooper at for more information.

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