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Curriculum Vitae


Department of Biology

354 Shumaker Research Building

139 Life Sciences Building

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY 40292

Phone: 502-852-0991





  Bacterial pathogenesis in relation to respiratory infections; transmission of opportunistic pathogens from the environment to humans, the role of bacterial pathogens in the environment, the evolution of pathogenesis; air microbial ecology


2000 – 2005             Ph.D., Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

                                    Michigan State University (MSU)


1996 – 2000              B.S., Department of Biology

                                    Purdue University



2013- Present            University of Louisville, Department of Biology

                                    Assistant Professor


2009 – 2012              Carol Basbaum Memorial Research Fellow

                                    Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital Boston

                                    Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Stephen Lory and Dr. Craig Gerard


2005 – 2008              MSU Center for Microbial Ecology

                                     Postdoctoral Researcher with Dr. James M. Tiedje


2000 – 2005              MSU Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

                                     Graduate Assistant with Dr. Lee R. Kroos

                                     Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Transcriptional Regulation of the C signal-dependent gene W4400 in Myxococcus xanthus: the cis elements and trans-acting factors          


1998, 1999                  City of Elkhart Wastewater Treatment Facility – Microbiology Lab

                                     Aided in enumeration and characterization of TSS, DO, total coliforms, fecal coliforms in facility output, county rivers, groundwaters


1997 - 2000                 Purdue University Department of Biology

                                      Undergraduate Researcher with Dr. Mark Levinthal

                                      Undergraduate Thesis Title:  Global Regulation of the methionine biosynthetic pathway of Escherichia coli by the Lrp protein.



Dong TG, Ho BT, Yoder-Himes DR, Mekalanos JJ. 2013. Identification of T6SS-dependent effector and immunity proteins by Tn-Seq in Vibrio cholera. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 2013 Jan 29. PMID: 23362380


Wurtzel O*, Yoder-Himes DR*, Han K*, Dandekar AA, Edelheit S, Greenberg EP, Sorek R, Lory S. 2012. The single-nucleotide resolution transcriptome of Pseudomonas aeruginosa grown in body temperature.  PLoS Pathogens 2012 Sep;8(9):e1002945 * authors contributed equally. PMID: 23028334


Oh S-D, Buddenborg S, Yoder-Himes DR, Tiedje JM, Konstantinidis KT .2012. Genomic Diversity of Escherichia Isolates from Diverse Habitats.  PLoSONE. 2012;7(10):e47005. PMID: 23056556


Kimelman A, Levy A, Sberro H, Kidron S, Leavitt A, Amitai G, Yoder-Himes DR, Wurtzel O, Zhu Y, Rubin EM, Sorek R. 2012. A vast collection of microbial genes that are toxic to bacteria. Genome Research. Apr;22(4):802-9. PMID: 22300632


Yang X, Medvin D, Yoder-Himes DR, Lory S, Narasimhan G. 2011. CloG: A pipeline for closing gaps in a draft assembly using short reads. Proceedings of the IEEE 1sT International Conference on Computational Advances in Bio and Medical Sciences (ICCABS), 202-207.


Oh S-D*, Yoder-Himes DR*, Tiedje JM, Konstantinidis KT. 2010. Evaluating the performance of oligonucleotide microarrays for strains of increasing genetic divergence to the reference strain. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. May; 76(9): 2980–2988. * authors contributed equally.  PMID: 20228107


Yoder-Himes DR, Konstantinidis KT, Tiedje JM. 2010. Identification of potential therapeutic targets for Burkholderia cenocepacia by comparative transcriptomics.  PLoS ONE 5(1): e8724 [January 2010]. PMID: 20090946

Yoder-Himes DR, Chain PS, Zhu Y, Wurtzel O, Rubin EM, Tiedje JM, Sorek R.  2009. Mapping the Burkholderia cenocepacia niche response via high-throughput sequencing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 2009 Mar 10;106(10):3976-81. PMID: 19234113


Yoder-Himes DR, Kroos L. 2006. Regulation of the Myxococcus xanthus C-Signal-Dependent Omega4400 Promoter by the Essential Developmental Protein FruA. Journal of Bacteriology. July 188(14):5167-5176. PMID: 16816188


Yoder-Himes DR, Kroos L. 2004. Mutational Analysis of the Myxococcus xanthus Omega4499 Promoter Region Reveals Shared and Unique Properties in Comparison with Other C-signal-dependent Promoters. Journal of Bacteriology. Jun; 186(12):3766-76. PMID: 15175290


Yoder-Himes DR, Kroos L. 2004. Mutational analysis of the Myxococcus xanthus Omega4400 promoter region provides insight into developmental gene regulation by C signaling. Journal of Bacteriology. Feb; 186(3):661-71. PMID: 14729691



2013                Interspecies communication in mixed bacterial populations.  University of Louisville Research Initiation Grant. $4500.  One year grant to provide seed money for new projects. 

2013               The TolQRAB-Pal complex of Burkholderia dolosa and its role in bacterial pathogenesis. University of Louisville Undergraduate Research Grant. $2700. One year grant to encourage the development of

                         an undergraduate research project.

2010-2012       Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.  Two year competitive award for salary and some research and travel support.  Granted the Carol Basbaum Memorial Research Award for highest scoring fellowship of the year.

2007-2009      Genes associated with epidemic Burkholderia cenocepacia. NIH competitive R21. $429,620 (total costs). Co-author status with 4 other researchers led by John J. LiPuma (University of Michigan School of Public Health).

2007                Identifying Burkholderia cenocepacia genes expressed under conditions that mimic the CF lung.  Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics. $8,100.  Co-author status with James M. Tiedje. Equipment costs for microarray experiments.




Michigan State University

2002 – 2008           HM 525 and 526 – Microbiology Lab Sessions for Second Year Medical Students

                                    Teaching Assistant for Dr. Martha Mulks

2001 – 2008            MMG 522 – Microbiology Lab Sessions for First Year Medical Students                      

                                    Teaching Assistant for Dr. Cindy Grove Arvidson

                                    Instructor 2005 - 2006

2001                           MMG 408 -Advanced Microbiology Lab

                                    Teaching Assistant for Dr. Loren Snyder

Purdue University

1999                           BIOL 132 – Biology II: Development, Structure, and Function

                                   Teaching Assistant for Dr. Laurie Iten



2008                          Grant reviewer for National Science Foundation

2010                           Peer reviewer for Journal of Medical Microbiology



2011- Present               American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

1997- Present               American Society for Microbiology

2005 – 2008                International Society for Microbial Ecology



April 2012                  Speaker, International Burkholderia cepacia Working Group 15th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada

April 2010                  Speaker, International Burkholderia cepacia Working Group 13th Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, US

April 2009                  Speaker, International Burkholderia cepacia Working Group 13th Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

May 2007                   Poster, 107th General Meeting, American Society for Microbiology, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

April 2007                  Speaker, International Burkholderia cepacia Working Group 11th Annual Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI, US

August 2006               Speaker, 11th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, Vienna, Austria

January 2006              Genomics of Closely Related Organisms Conference, Tucson, AZ

July 2004                    Speaker, 31st International Conference on the Biology of Myxobacteria. Helsingør, Denmark

July 2003                    Speaker, 30th International Conference on the Biology of Myxobacteria. Long Beach, CA, US

July 2002                    Speaker and Poster, 29th International Conference on the Biology of Myxobacteria.  Quebec, Canada

July 2002                    Poster, American Society of Microbiology - Prokaryotic Development Conference.  Quebec City, Canada

May 2002                   Poster, Gene Expression in Development and Disease Focus Group and Genetics Program – Transcription in Development Symposium.  East Lansing, MI, US

May 2000                   Poster, Indiana Branch of the American Society of Microbiology.  Turkey Run State Park, IN,US



2003 - 2004                MSU Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Graduate Committee – Admissions and Recruiting

2002 - 2003                MSU Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Planning Committee



2010                           Carol Basbaum Memorial Research Award (top scoring fellowship; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation)

2005                           Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship-Michigan State University

2005                           DuVall Doctoral Scholarship (awarded to two outstanding Ph.D. candidates in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics department) - Michigan State University

2004                            Hsiung-Kimball Award (for graduate students in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics department) - Michigan State University

2003                            Travel Awards - Michigan State University College of Natural Science, Michigan State University Graduate School, Michigan State University Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

2002                            Travel Grant - American Society for Microbiology


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