Victor DiRita

Victor DiRita

Victor DiRita is Rudolph Hugh Endowed Chair in Microbial Pathogenesis, and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. His lab studies molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogens, with particular focus on gut pathogens Vibrio cholerae and Campylobacter jejuni. Victor also serves as Chair of the ASM Membership Board and Editor for Journal of Bacteriology. He asks you to check out all the great things that the American Society for Microbiology has to offer, to join if you are not a member, and to renew if you are! Victor invites you to follow him on Twitter.

Friday, 24 February 2017 12:44

Putting Evolution to the Test

Microbes are great tools to study evolutionary biology.  The ability to carry out long term experiments in both model and complex systems, and derive genome information from progeny strains has revolutionized the study of evolution.

Friday, 23 December 2016 11:45

Re-reading the Classics

Important tools used in synthetic biology, bio-therapeutic design, and popular events like International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition emerged decades ago through basic questions about the nature of gene expression.  A single 1961 paper by Nobel Laureates François Jacob and Jacques Monod laid the groundwork upon which researchers continue to build. As work slows this time of year, it's a great time to visit this classic research.

Friday, 09 September 2016 15:50

Microbes Down on the Farm

Just 20 years after the classic, well-reasoned argument addressing the question “What is a Pathogen?” by Stanley Falkow, we are now confronting a similarly persuasive case against the very word “pathogen”!   A thoughtful argument against “healthy” vs. “unhealthy” microbiomes has also been made.

On May 27, 2016 at the Rollins Chapel on the campus of Dartmouth College, nestled into the idyllic Upper Valley of New Hampshire, a large and diverse group of friends and family came together to remember Ronald K. Taylor, who had passed away suddenly a few weeks earlier. At the service, Ron’s Dartmouth colleague and friend George O’Toole asked the simple, profound question:  “How does one put into words what Ron meant?”.