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Mircea PodarMircea Podar

Joint Faculty Associate Professor

Distinguished Scientist and Group Leader
Systems Genetics
Biosciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
1 Bethel Valley Rd
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Phone:(865) 576-6144


Research in my laboratory combines experimental and computational approaches to study microbial evolution (with emphasis on Archaea), interspecies interaction, adaptation to various environments and the composition and dynamics of microbial communities. Specific groups of organisms and communities include uncultured taxa (“dark microbial matter”) from the human microbiota, from soil, aquatic and high temperature environments, symbiotic/parasitic Nanoarchaeota. We use a wide range of culture independent approaches (single cell genomics, metagenomics) but we also grow microbes, using traditional as well as high throughput approaches.

  • BS, 1988, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania
  • PhD., 1997, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, 1997-1999, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, 1999-200, The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences

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