The Burmeister Lab: Studying Microbial Evolution and Extinction
Our research integrates evolutionary biology and microbiology, using bacteria and phage as study systems to address fundamental questions in both fields.
We study microbial evolution, a process that is a useful model for understanding natural evolution and underlies the applied biology of pathogenesis, environmental microbiology, and industrial fermentation.
[Sept 2022] Congratulations to Harleen Tewatia and Chloé Skinner, recipients of UWM Undergraduate Research SURF Awards and new Burmeister lab researchers!
[August 2022] The new lab is open at UW Milwaukee!
[June 2022] Presenting work on phage experimental evolution at the American Society for Microbiology Microbe conference in Washington, DC.
[May 2022] Organizing and running two Microbial Evolution workshops at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Germany! Info here.
[Jan. 14, 2021] Excited to announce I’m joining the Department of Biological Sciences at University of Wisconsin Milwaukeeas an Assistant Professor this August! So happy to move back home to SE Wisconsin and set up lab in Milwaukee to study how phage resistance impacts antibiotic resistance and other evolutionary curiosities. Looking for great undergraduate, postbac, graduate, and postdoc researchers!
[Sept. 22, 2021] Submitted! New phage genome on GenBank and manuscript submitted with my 12 summer undergraduate researchers.
[Sept. 2021] Celebrating my student, Carli Roush, on her first first-author research manuscript: Roush C., Chan B, Turner PE, and Burmeister AR#. Complete genome sequence of Escherichia bacteriophage 132. Accepted to Microbiology Resource Announcements.
[June 2021] Award the American Society for Microbiology Intralytix Best Poster Abstract Award! See my talk and poster at the World Microbe Forum June 23-26 on pleiotropy interactions between phage resistance and antibiotic resistance.
[May 2021] New Lambda paper! "Sustained coevolution of phage Lambda and Escherichia coli involves inner as well as outer membrane defenses and counter-defenses" published in Microbiology as the first article in their new Microbial Evolution Section.
Open access at https://www.microbiologyresearch.org/content/journal/micro/10.1099/mic.0.001063.
[Feb. 23, 2021] Celebrating acceptance of my first fully assembled, annotated phage genome to GenBank! Bacteriophage U136B, complete genome, available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nuccore/MW598258.
[Feb. 15, 2021] Welcoming Yale undergrads Eddy Tzintzun-Tapia and Ivan Mangal as mentees in the lab. First stop: How to Make LB. Next stop: experiments on phage genome evolution.