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Eric Stabb

Department Head and Professor

Biological Sciences


Building & Room:

SES 3240

Office Phone:

(312) 996-4249

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My research focuses on host-microbe interactions and bacterial cell-cell signaling; however, my interests in the field of Microbiology are broad and encompass bacterial genetics and physiology, among other topics.  My lab studies the light-organ symbiosis between the bioluminescent bacterium Vibrio fischeri and the squid Euprymna scolopes, as a model for natural bacteria-animal interactions.

Selected Publications

Lozano, G.L., J.I. Bravo, M.F. Garavito Diago, H.B. Park, A. Hurley, S.B. Peterson, E.V. Stabb, J.M. Crawford, N.A. Broderick, and J. Handelsman. 2019. Introducing THOR, a model microbiome for genetic dissection of community behavior. mBio (In Press)

Stabb, E.V. 2019. Should they stay or should they go? Nitric oxide and the clash of regulators governingVibrio fischeri biofilm formation. Molecular Microbiology (In Press)

Stabb, E.V. 2019. Bacterial bioluminescence. In T. Schmidt, (ed.), Encyclopedia of Microbiology, 4thedition. Elsevier, Oxford, pp. (In Press)

Stoudenmire, J.L., M. Black, P.M. Fidopiastis, and E.V. Stabb. 2019. Mutagenesis of Vibrio fischeri and other marine bacteria using hyperactive mini-Tn5 derivatives. In S.C. Ricke (ed.), Transposon Mutagenesis: Methods and Protocols. Springer Publishing, pp. (In Press)

Stoudenmire, J.L., T. Essock-Burns, E.N. Weathers, S. Solaimanpour, J. Mrázek, and E.V. Stabb. 2018. An iterative synthetic approach to engineer a high-performing PhoB-specific reporter. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 84: e00603-18 (selected as one of five “Spotlight” articles this issue)

Jones, R.M. Jr., D.L. Popham, A.L. Schmidt, E.L. Neidle and E.V. Stabb. 2018. Vibrio fischeri DarR directs responses to D-aspartate and represents a group of similar LysR-type transcriptional regulators. Journal of Bacteriology 200: e00773-17 (Featured in Commentary: Mandel MJ, 2018, Journal of Bacteriology, 200: e00773-17)

Stabb, E.V. 2018. Could positive feedback enable bacterial pheromone signaling to coordinate behaviors in response to heterogeneous environmental cues? mBio 9:e00098-18

Kimbrough, J.H. and E.V. Stabb. 2017. Comparative analysis reveals regulatory motifs at the ainS/ainRpheromone-signaling locus of Vibrio fischeri. Science Reports 7:11734

Lyell, N.L., A.N. Septer, A.K. Dunn, D. Duckett, J.L. Stoudenmire and E.V. Stabb. 2017. An expanded transposon-mutant library reveals that Vibrio fischeri δ-aminolevulinate auxotrophs can colonizeEuprymna scolopes. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 83: e02470-16

Fischer, C.N., E. Trautman, J.M. Crawford, E.V. Stabb, N.A. Broderick, and J. Handelsman. 2017. Metabolite exchange between microbiome members produces compounds that influence Drosophilabehavior. ELife 6:e18855

Stulberg, E., G.L. Lozano, J.B. Morin, H. Park, E. G. Baraban, C. Mlot, C. Heffelfinger, G. M. Phillips, J.S. Rush, A.J. Phillips, N.A. Broderick, M.G. Thomas, E.V. Stabb, and J. Handelsman. 2016. Genomic and secondary metabolite analyses of Streptomyces sp. 2AW provide insight into the evolution of the cycloheximide pathway. Frontiers in Microbiology 7:573

Kimbrough, J.H. and E.V. Stabb. 2016. Antisocial luxO mutants provide a stationary-phase survival advantage in Vibrio fischeri ES114. Journal of Bacteriology. 198:673-687

Colton, D.M. and E.V. Stabb. 2016. Rethinking the roles of CRP, cAMP, and sugar-mediated global regulation in the Vibrionaceae. Current Genetics 62:39-45

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PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison