B.S. (1977) in biology, Delaware Valley College;
M.S. (1981) and Ph.D. (1986) in Medical Microbiology, University of Missouri-Medical
- Intro to Microbiology (HSCI 2230),
- Pathogenic Microbiology (HSCI 3510),
- Senior Honors Thesis (HSCI 4018)
- Microbial Genetics (HSCI 4730),
- Graduate Pathogenic Microbiology (HSCI 5100)
My general area of research is the study of bacteria. More specifically, we are investigating
secondary metabolism in a soil bacterium called Rhodococcus. This includes the production
of siderophore compounds to acquire iron from the environment for growth. We are
also beginning a project to look for potential antibiotics produced by this group
of bacteria that are of growing importance to the chemical and biotech industries.
A second area of study are the reverse transcriptases of bacteria. An emerging group
of enzymes important in genetics.
Lampson, B. Is the inhibitory activity from the bacterium BTHX2 an antibiotic? RDC, 2010-2011.
Vellore, J., Moretz, S. E., and Lampson, B. C. (2004) A group II intron-type open reading frame from the thermophile Bacillus (Geobacillus)
stearothermophilus encodes a heat-stable reverse transcriptase. Appl. Env. Microbiol.
Lampson, B. C., Inouye, M., and Inouye, S. (2005) Retrons, msDNA and the bacterial genome. Cytogenet.
Genome Res. 110:491-499.
Lampson, B.C. (2007) Prokaryotic Reverse Transcriptases. In "Industrial enzymes: structure, function,
and applications." p. 401-418. J. Polaina and A.P. MacCabe (eds.). Springer
Lampson, B. Characterization of a mutant strain of Rhodococcus erythropolis that over produces
siderophore. Appalachian Student Research Forum, 2008.
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