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- Ph.D., Microbiology and Molecular
Genetics, Michigan State University, 2009
- B.S., Biology, Furman University,
A tremendous amount of current research is focused on
understanding the diversity and function of bacteria within the
gastrointestinal tracts of humans. In particular, the specifics of how
these bacteria impact our development and health is of interest. My
research interests focus on how two very different gastrointestinal microbes, Lactobacillus
reuteri and Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, impact human
health. Specifically, we are interested in how beneficial microbes
survive and respond to the stresses faced in the gastrointestinal tract. We are also focused on understanding how
manipulation of the gastrointestinal microbiota may play a role in the
development and/or exacerbation of certain human diseases such as diabetes
(both Type 1 and Type 2) and obesity.
- Whitehead, K.,
J. Versalovic, S. Roos, and R. Britton. 2008. Genomic and genetic characterization of the bile stress
response of probiotic Lactobacillusreuteri. Appl. Environ.
Microbiol. 74: 1812-1819.
- Jones, S.*, K. Whitehead*, D.
Saulnier, C. M. Thomas, J. Versalovic, and R. A.Britton. 2011. Cyclopropane fatty acid
synthase mutants of probiotic human derived Lactobacillus reuteri are
defective in TNF inhibition. Gut Microbes 2: 69-79. *These two authors contributed equally
to this work.
- MICRO 305 – General Microbiology
- MICRO 400/H400/600 – Public Health
- MICRO 401/H401/601 – Microbial
Diversity and Ecology
- MICRO 405 – Advanced Microbial
Ecology of Humans
- MICRO 493 – Senior Seminar
- American Society for Microbiology