Biology

Roderick Morgan

 

Roderick Morgan, Ph.D.
Professor

Microbiology; Molecular Biology


Office: 254 Padnos
Phone: (616) 331-3098
Email: morganr@gvsu.edu

Education:

Ph.D., Microbiology. Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of
Virginia, Richmond, VA. Dissertation: Genetic Characterization of pBF4-
Mediated Conjugation.

M. S. , Biology. Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI. Thesis: The
Anaerobic Degradation of Polyethylene Glycol by Bacteroides spp. PG1.

B.S. in Biology. Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Courses taught at GVSU:

BIO 120 General Biology
BIO 328 Biomedical Ethics
BIO 355 Human Genetics
BIO 357 Environmental Microbiology
BIO 375 Genetics
BIO 376 Genetics Laboratory
BIO 390 Seminar
BIO 406 Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
BIO 416 Advanced Genetics
BIO 565 Modern Genetics
HNR 245 Microbes and Society

Research Interests:

My lab is currently investigating potentially new antibiotics.  We have received a state grant to test chemically synthesized compounds against Gram + bacteria.  We have found a class of compounds that inhibit only Gram + organisms, including MRSA (methicillin resistant Staph. aureus) and VRE (vancomycin resistant enterococci).  We working in a collaborative effort with Dr. Robert Smart and Dr. William Schroeder in the GVSU Chemistry Department.

Recent Publications (* undergraduate students):

Stickney, J. W., Nikitin, A., Nikitin, G. A., Morgan, R. (2010). An Efficient Enrichment Technique for the Isolation and quantification of indigenous Diesel-Fuel Utilizing Bacteria Present in Freshwater Sediments. To appear in Journal of Biotech Research, 2(1), 1-11. http://btsjournals.com/journalaccess.aspx.

Morgan, R., Smart, R. Using Carboxylic Amides as Antimicrobial Agents. Final Report for the MIIE Grant. Submitted December 15, 2009.

B. Schroder, A. Walker*, R. Smart, and R. Morgan.  Methods of using Carboxylic Amides as Antimicrobial Agents. 2008. Provisional U.S. Patent application.

Nikitin AG, Stickney JW*, Nikitin GA, Morgan RM 2006. The enrichment for diesel fuel-utilizing bacteria from freshwater lake sediments. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Environment, Athens Institute for Education and Research,Athens, Greece, August 3-5, 2006. Accepted 6/28/06.

Vail, J.H., Morgan, R., Merino, C.R., Gonzales, F., *Miller, R., and Ram, J.L. 2002. Enumeration of Waterborne Escherichia coli using Petrifilm Plates: Comparison to Commonly Used Methods. J Environ Qual. Jan-Feb;32(1):368-73.

*Stickney, J.W. and R.M. Morgan. 2002. Improved method for the identification of bacteria from mammalian fecal material by PCR. In preparation.

Morgan, R.M. and N. Shontz. 2000. Test bank for the text Genetics: The Continuity of Life, D.J. Fairbanks and W. R. Anderson, Brooks/Cole Pub., New York, NY 1999.

Morgan, R. M. 1998. Detection & quantitation of human specific fecal bacteria in the Grand River by PCR. RAWRI publication #TM995, Grand Valley State University.

Reeve, J.N., R.M. Morgan, and J. Nolling. 1997. Environmental and molecular regulation of methanogenesis. Wat. Sci. and Tech. 36:1-6.

Fletcher, H. M., R.M. Morgan, and F.L. Macrina. 1997. Nucleotide sequence of the Porphyromonas gingivalis W83 recA homolog and construction of a recA-deficient mutant. Infect. Immun. 65:4592-4597.

Reeve, J.N., J. Nolling, R.M. Morgan, and D.R. Smith. 1997. Minireview - Methanogenesis: genes, genomes, and who¹s on first. J. Bacteriol. 179:5975-5986.

Morgan, R.M. and F.L. Macrina. 1997. BctA: a novel pBF4 gene necessary for conjugal transfer in Bacteroides spp. Microbiology 143:2155-2165.

Morgan, R.M., T.D. Pihl, J. Nolling, and J.N. Reeve. 1997. Hydrogen regulation of growth, growth yields, and methane gene transcription in Methanobacterium thermoautotrophicum. J. Bacteriol. 179:889-898.

 

Recent Presentations & Abstracts (* undergraduate students):


A. Archiyan*, Evans, J.*, Snider, L.*, Schroeder, W., Smart, R., Morgan, R. Carboxylic Amides as Potentially New Antibacterial Agents, at the 3rd annual West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference, Van Andel Institute, October 31, 2009, Grand Rapids, MI.

A. J. Walker*, W. Schroeder, B. Benson*, R. Smart, R. M. Morgan. Studies of the Antimicrobial Activity of the Telomerase Inhibitor BIBR1532, at the 109th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, June 2009, Boston, MA.

A. J. Walker*, W. Schroeder, R. Smart, R. M. Morgan.  Antimicrobial Properties of the Telomerase Inhibitor BIBR1532, at the18th Annual Argonne Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Chicago, IL. November 2007.

A.W. Walker*, W. Schroeder, E. Schwander*, R. Smart, and R. Morgan.  Telomerase Inhibitors as Potential Novel Antibiotics, at the Summer Student Scholar Showcase, GVSU, August 2007.

J.W. Stickney*, A.G. Nikitin, G.A. Nikitin and R.M. Morgan.  The enrichment and identification of diesel fuel-utilizing bacteria from lake sediments, at the106th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Orlando, FL May 2006.

J.W. Stickney*, A.G. Nikitin, and R.M. Morgan.  Lake sediments as a source of diesel fuel-degrading bacteria, at the Michigan Branch of the American Society for Microbiology meeting at Delta College in Saginaw MI  April 2005.

R. Morgan and N. Shontz. 2004. Investigation of the Mercury Resistance Operon using a mer-lac gene fusion, at the 104th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans, LA, May 2004.

*E. Kleinbrink, *A. Seggie, *J. Boersema, G. Nikitin, A. Nikitin, & R. Morgan. Removal of Dissolved Diesel Fuel from Water by Continuous-Flow Aerobic Bioremediation, at the 103rd General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Washington D.C, May 2003.

*R. Frisch, Schaffer R., Haak P., M. Hacker, & R. Morgan. Identification of Three Bacteria from Mammoth Cave, Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky, USA that are potential Anti-angiogenesis, Anti-tuberculosis, or Anti-microbial producing organisms, at the 103rd General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Washington D.C, May 2003.

*Haak P., *R. Frisch, M. Hacker, & R. Morgan. 2002. Identification of a Bacterium Isolated from Mammoth Cave, Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky, USA that Produces an Extracellular Anti-angiogenesis Substance, at the 102nd General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Salt Lake City, UT, May 2002.

*Whitaker, B.A., *J.W. Stickney, and R.M. Morgan. 2001. A Rapid Method for Detecting Bacteria in Bovine Fecal Material by PCR, at the 101st General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Orlando, FL, May 2001.

*Stickney, J., *Whitaker, B., and R.M. Morgan. 2000. A Simple Method for the Detection of Anaerobic Bacteria in Fecal Material by PCR, at the Fall 2000 meeting of the Michigan Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, October 2000.

Scientific & Professional Societies:

American Society for Microbiology
Michigan Branch of the ASM

 

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