Our goal is to understand how microorganisms interact in complex communities. Specifically, we study how small molecules produced in a microbial community affect the growth, development and metabolic output of the organisms. We use a combination of microbiology, genetic, genomic, and biochemical approaches to dissect complex interspecies interactions. Currently, our research focuses on the interactions of the soil bacteria Bacillus subtilis and members of the genus Streptomyces, known for their prolific production of bioactive small molecules and development of aerial structures and spores.
- Winey, M., Morgan, G. P., Straight, P. D., Giddings, T. H., & Mastronarde, D. N. (2005). Three-dimensional ultrastructure of Saccharomyces cerevisiae meiotic spindles. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE CELL. 16(3), 1178-1188.
- Straight, P. D., Giddings, T. H., & Winey, M. (2000). Mps1p regulates meiotic spindle pole body duplication in addition to having novel roles during sporulation. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE CELL. 11(10), 3525-3537.
- WOLFSBERG, T. G., STRAIGHT, P. D., GERENA, R. L., HUOVILA, A., PRIMAKOFF, P., MYLES, D. G., & WHITE, J. M. (1995). ADAM, A WIDELY DISTRIBUTED AND DEVELOPMENTALLY-REGULATED GENE FAMILY ENCODING MEMBRANE-PROTEINS WITH A DISINTEGRIN AND METALLOPROTEASE DOMAIN. DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY. 169(1), 378-383.
- Hoefler, B. C., & Straight, P. D. (2014). Imaging Mass Spectrometry, Metabolism, and New Views of the Microbial World. Natural Products Analysis: Instrumentation, Methods, and Applications. (pp. 349-396). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- Bender, R. A., Downs, D., Kiley, P., LaRossa, R. A., Sonenshein, A. L., & Storz, G. (2008). Bridges and chasms: Summary of the IMAGE 2 meeting in Montreal, Canada, 30 April to 3 May 2007. JOURNAL OF BACTERIOLOGY. 190(3), 792-797.
- Stubbendieck, Reed Michael (2017-05). Discovering Linearmycins in Bacterial Competition: Lysis, Autolysis, and Resistance. (Doctoral Dissertation)
- Vargas Bautista, Carol M (2014-12). Complex Organization and Dynamic Regulation of the pks Gene Cluster in Bacillus subtilis. (Doctoral Dissertation)
- Gorzelnik, Karl V (2014-05). Competition-Mediated Identification of the First Environmental Protein Responsible for the Degradation of the Lipopeptide Surfactin. (Master's Thesis)