Profile for Paul Schweiger

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Specialty area(s)

Microbial Metabolism and Physiology
Synthetic and Molecular Biology
Applied Microbiology
Contact me if you have any interest in undergraduate or graduate (MS) research in these fields!

Current courses at UWL

MIC 230 Fundamental of Microbiology
MIC 425/525 Bacterial Physiology
MIC 500 Orientation to Clinical Microbiology

Education

PhD University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2009
BS (Biotechnology) St. Cloud State University, 2004

Teaching history

Over 10 years teaching microbiology courses to undergraduates and graduate students including:
     - General Microbiology
     - Bacterial Physiology and Metabolism
     - Applied/Industrial Microbiology
     - Environmental Microbiology
     - Regulatory Mechanisms

Professional history

Assistant Professor at UWL, 2017-Present
Assistant Professor at Missouri State University, 2012-2017
Postdoctoral training - University of Bonn, 2009-2012

Research and publishing

My lab primarily studies microorganisms with the goal of understanding how their genes and proteins influence metabolism. In this way we can manipulate the organism's metabolism or introduce new metabolic pathways to produce end-products that have industrial application. Our research combines microbiological, molecular biology, biochemical, and systems approaches to engineer microbes for novel and increased production of value-added products. Using microorganisms as catalysts has many advantages over classic organic chemistry approaches, such as increased yields, high stereo- and regio-specificity without the need for protection group chemistry, and use of renewable living catalysts.

In addition, we have several collaborative projects concerning gut microbiota. These studies include those with Dr. Day Ligon (Missouri State University) to analyze the changes in gut microbiota of alligator snapping turtles under different types of nutritional feeding to enhance laboratory and sanctuary rearing success of these threatened species. We also collaborate with Dr. Alder Yu (UWL) on the effect of fruit fly gut microbiota on various aspects of fly health, which serves as a model for how gut microbiota may impact a variety of aspects of human health. 

More detail can be found on the lab website.