Welcome to the Janowiak lab web pages!
The Janowiak lab uses biochemistry, microbiology, and molecular genetics to explore the relationship between microbes and their environment. We have two main focuses:
1) Gram-positive pathogenic bacteria and their response to oxidative stresses produced by the mammalian host
2) Soil bacteria and their roles in biodiversity and organismal activity
Our bacteria of interest for the oxidative stress study (project focus 1) include Group B Streptococcus (Streptococcus agalactiae), Enterococcus faecalis, and Streptococcus pyogenes.
Our favorite oxidative stress response is glutathione, and we specifically study its synthesis, import, export, and metabolism in bacteria.
For our microbial ecology projects (project focus 2), we are examining glutathione metabolism (import and synthesis), cellulase activity, nitrogen metabolism, antibiotic production, and antibiotic resistance.
The microbial ecology projects are split between a hands-on upper-division biology course and independent research in my lab.
For more information about our research, please feel free to contact me at bjanowia[at]slu.edu
Please navigate our various pages using the links on the top.
Thanks for visiting!
Last updated: September, 2013
The Crew of Fall 2013!
The Crew of Summer 2013!
A subset of "Team Strep" after presenting our work at the Biology Department Symposium