Amy V. Callaghan, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor
Room 713 George Lynn Cross Hall
770 Van Vleet Oval, Norman, OK 73019
405-325-1872  (Office)

B.A., Environmental Science, University of Virginia, 1997
M.S., Environmental Science, University of Virginia, 1999
Ph.D., Environmental Science, Rutgers University, 2006

Research areas: Microbiology, Molecular biology, Microbial Ecology, Environmental Science, and Anaerobic Microbiology

Research interest: My research interests are in the areas of anaerobic hydrocarbon metabolism, microbial genomics and the microbial ecology of hydrocarbon-impacted environments. In these areas, I am taking a systems biology approach to answer important questions about the genetics and physiology of anaerobic hydrocarbon-degrading microorganisms and their role in environmental systems via metabolite profiling, microcosm studies, and “omics”-based methods (i.e. genomics, metagenomics, proteomics and transcriptomics). More specifically, my research aims to elucidate the mechanisms of anaerobic alkane activation and degradation, identify the requisite genes involved in these processes, apply whole-genome and metagenome analysis to anaerobic alkane-degrading isolates and enrichment cultures, and examine community structure and function with respect to biotechnology/bioremediation and energy recovery.

Relevant publications:

Johnson, J.M., Isom, C., Boling, W.B., Wawrik, B., and A.V. Callaghan*. 2015. Interrogation of Chesapeake Bay sediment microbial communities for intrinsic alkane-utilizing potential under anaerobic conditions. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 91:1-14.

Kimes, N.E., A.V. Callaghan, D.F. Aktas, W.l. Smith, J. Sunner, B.T. Golding, M. Drozdowska, T. Hazen, J.M. Suflita, and P.J. Morris*. 2013. Metagenomic analysis and metabolite profiling of deep-sea sediments from the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Front. Microbiol. 4: Article 50.

Callaghan, A.V.*, B.E.L. Morris, I.A.C. Pereira, M.J. McInerney, J.J. Kukor, J.M. Suflita, G.Z. Zylstra, R.N. Austin, J.J. Groves, L.Y. Young, and B. Wawrik. 2012. The genome sequence of Desulfatibacillum alkenivorans AK-01: A blueprint for anaerobic alkane oxidation. Environ. Microbiol. 14(1):101-113

Wawrik, B.*, I.A. Davidova, B.J. Huizinga, Y. Liang, M. Mendivelso, V.A. Parisi, D. Strąpoć , J.M. Suflita, J. Van Nostrand, J. Zhou, and A.V. Callaghan.* 2012. Field and laboratory studies on the bioconversion of coal to methane. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 81(1):26-42.

Callaghan, A.V.*, I.A. Davidova, K. Savage-Ashlock, V.A. Parisi, L. M. Gieg, J.M. Suflita, J.J. Kukor, and B. Wawrik. 2010. Diversity of benzyl- and alkylsuccinate synthase genes in hydrocarbon-impacted environments and enrichment cultures. Environ. Sci. Technol. 44(19):7287-94.


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Phone 405-325-4321
770 Van Vleet Oval

Norman, OK 73019
136 George Lynn Cross Hall
Hours: 8:00 am - 
5:00 pm M-F           Closed For Lunch 12:00 - 1:00

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