James M. Tiedje

James  M.  Tiedje
  • University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • Director, Center for Microbial Ecology
  • Plant And Soil Sci
  • 1066 Bogue St Room A540
  • East Lansing MI 48824
  • 517-353-0287


Dr. Tiedje's research focuses on microbial ecology, physiology and diversity, especially regarding the nitrogen cycle, biodegradation of environmental pollutants and use of molecular methods to understand microbial community structure and function. His group has discovered several microbes that live by halorespiration on chlorinated solvents and is using genomics to better understand ecological functions, endemism and niche adaptation. He is particularly interested in the genomes of closely related populations where the organism's ecology is known so that a link can be made between genetic compositions to ecological outcomes. For this, his research team has (or has underway), the genome sequences of more than 10 Burkholderia, 10 Shewanella, three permafrost and one halorespiring microbe, providing an excellent resource for future ecological genomics research.


Iowa State University, B.S., 1964, Agronomy  
Cornell University, M.S., 1966, Soil Chemistry  
Cornell University, Ph.D., 1968, Microbiology and Biochemistry





Dr. Tiedje at PubMed

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