We study the biology of bacteria that inhabit environments ranging from freshwater, to soil, to the interior of mammalian cells. Scientists in our group utilize a cross-disciplinary set of experimental tools as they work to understand how bacteria adapt their physiology to survive across changing physical and chemical landscapes.
Our studies primarily focus on the class Alphaproteobacteria including mammalian pathogens of the genus Brucella, the freshwater/soil bacterium Caulobacter crescentus, and the marine photoheterotroph Erythrobacter litoralis. In addition, we collaborate with clinicians and ecologists on studies of Bacteroides fragilis and other microbes that reside in the human gut. We are working to understand the contribution of these bacteria to inflammatory bowel diseases.
Students and postdocs in the lab develop and drive a diverse set of projects. For additional information on our work, see our .
Crosson Lab - Michigan State University
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
567 Wilson Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824
crosson4 at msu dot edu