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Geoff Ford

Genetics and Biochemistry


Poole Agricultural Center (P&A) 156 [Office]


Educational Background

Ph.D., Chemistry, University of South Carolina, 2016
B.S., Chemistry, Presbyterian College, 2009

Profile/About Me

I graduated from Presbyterian College in 2009, earning my Bachelors of Science in Chemistry with a minor in Biology. I entered the graduate program at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC in 2010 and earned my Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2016. My research encompassed bacterial metabolism, biochemistry, and molecular biology, with a primary focus on the metabolism, function, and cross-talk of various transition metals in Escherichia coli.

Research Interests

My current research interests includes the function of transition metals across simple, single-celled organisms, and their applications in biotechnology and small molecule and natural product discovery.

Courses Taught

BCHM 3050 Essential Elements of Biochemistry

BCHM 3040 Molecular Biology Laboratory

BCHM 4330 Physical Approaches to Biochemistry Laboratory

BCHM 4340 Biochemistry of Metabolism Laboratory

Selected Publications

Washington – Hughes, CL, Ford, GT, Jones, AD, McRae, K, Outten, FW. Nickel exposure reduces enterobactin production in Escherichia coli. MicrobiologyOpen. 2019; 8:e691.


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