Roderick Morgan, Ph.D.
Microbiology; Molecular Biology
Ph.D., Microbiology. Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of
M. S. , Biology. Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI. Thesis: The
B.S. in Biology. Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI.
Courses taught at GVSU:
BIO 120 General Biology
My lab is currently investigating potentially new antibiotics. We have received a state grant to test chemically synthesized compounds against Gram + bacteria. We have found a class of compounds that inhibit only Gram + organisms, including MRSA (methicillin resistant Staph. aureus) and VRE (vancomycin resistant enterococci). We working in a collaborative effort with Dr. Robert Smart and Dr. William Schroeder in the GVSU Chemistry Department.
Recent Publications (* undergraduate students):
Stickney, J. W., Nikitin, A., Nikitin, G. A., Morgan, R. (2010). An Efficient Enrichment Technique for the Isolation and quantification of indigenous Diesel-Fuel Utilizing Bacteria Present in Freshwater Sediments. To appear in Journal of Biotech Research, 2(1), 1-11. http://btsjournals.com/journalaccess.aspx.
Morgan, R., Smart, R. Using Carboxylic Amides as Antimicrobial Agents. Final Report for the MIIE Grant. Submitted December 15, 2009.
B. Schroder, A. Walker*, R. Smart, and R. Morgan. Methods of using Carboxylic Amides as Antimicrobial Agents. 2008. Provisional U.S. Patent application.
Nikitin AG, Stickney JW*, Nikitin GA, Morgan RM 2006. The enrichment for diesel fuel-utilizing bacteria from freshwater lake sediments. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Environment, Athens Institute for Education and Research,Athens, Greece, August 3-5, 2006. Accepted 6/28/06.
Vail, J.H., Morgan, R., Merino, C.R., Gonzales, F., *Miller, R., and Ram, J.L. 2002. Enumeration of Waterborne Escherichia coli using Petrifilm Plates: Comparison to Commonly Used Methods. J Environ Qual. Jan-Feb;32(1):368-73.
*Stickney, J.W. and R.M. Morgan. 2002. Improved method for the identification of bacteria from mammalian fecal material by PCR. In preparation.
Morgan, R.M. and N. Shontz. 2000. Test bank for the text Genetics: The Continuity of Life, D.J. Fairbanks and W. R. Anderson, Brooks/Cole Pub., New York, NY 1999.
Morgan, R. M. 1998. Detection & quantitation of human specific fecal bacteria in the Grand River by PCR. RAWRI publication #TM995, Grand Valley State University.
Reeve, J.N., R.M. Morgan, and J. Nolling. 1997. Environmental and molecular regulation of methanogenesis. Wat. Sci. and Tech. 36:1-6.
Fletcher, H. M., R.M. Morgan, and F.L. Macrina. 1997. Nucleotide sequence of the Porphyromonas gingivalis W83 recA homolog and construction of a recA-deficient mutant. Infect. Immun. 65:4592-4597.
Reeve, J.N., J. Nolling, R.M. Morgan, and D.R. Smith. 1997. Minireview - Methanogenesis: genes, genomes, and who¹s on first. J. Bacteriol. 179:5975-5986.
Morgan, R.M. and F.L. Macrina. 1997. BctA: a novel pBF4 gene necessary for conjugal transfer in Bacteroides spp. Microbiology 143:2155-2165.
Morgan, R.M., T.D. Pihl, J. Nolling, and J.N. Reeve. 1997. Hydrogen regulation of growth, growth yields, and methane gene transcription in Methanobacterium thermoautotrophicum. J. Bacteriol. 179:889-898.
Recent Presentations & Abstracts (* undergraduate students):
A. J. Walker*, W. Schroeder, B. Benson*, R. Smart, R. M. Morgan. Studies of the Antimicrobial Activity of the Telomerase Inhibitor BIBR1532, at the 109th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, June 2009, Boston, MA.
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