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Institute Directors

Antonio Baptista

Baptista, António
Director
503-346-3418

Research areas: Integrated understanding and prediction of hydrodynamic and environmental processes in estuaries and coasts. Development of associated concepts and technologies: environmental observation and forecasting systems, numerical methods and models, physically-based ecological indicators.

Brad Tebo, Ph.D.

Tebo, Bradley
Associate Director
503-346-3438

Research areas: Geomicrobiology and microbial biogeochemistry of metal-microbe-mineral interactions; marine microbiology and biotechnology; bioremediation.   

 Faculty

Ninian Blackburn

Blackburn, Ninian
Faculty
503-346-3428

Research areas: Structure and function of oxidase and oxygenase metalloenzymes; spectroscopy of metal sites in proteins with emphasis on EPR, EXAFS, absorption edge, and FTIR spectroscopies; coordination chemistry and biochemistry of copper. Biochemistry of metal trafficking in cells.

Margo Haygood

Haygood, Margo
Faculty
503-346-3437

Research areas: Environmental microbiology; bacterial physiology; bacterial evolution, marine biotechnology.

Richard Johnson

Johnson, Richard
Faculty
503-346-3432

Research areas: Physical and chemical behavior of organic contaminants in the air, soil, and water; analytical organic chemistry; groundwater transport, fate, and modeling of contaminants in porous and fractured porous media.

Pierre Moenne Loccoz

Moënne-Loccoz, Pierre
Faculty
503-346-3429

Research areas: Structure-function relationships within proteins. Metalloenzymes and hemoproteins. Spectroscopic studies of enzymatic active sites, cofactors, and metal clusters. Reaction intermediates within catalysis. Nitric oxide in bioinorganic chemist.

Michiko Nakano

Nakano, Michiko
Faculty
503-346-3430

Research areas: Anaerobiosis of Bacillus subtilis; oxygen-controlled gene regulation; two-component signal transduction system; transcriptional activation; nitrate/nitrite reductases; flavohemoglobin; anaerobic electron transport; nitric oxide signaling.

Joseph Needoba

Needoba, Joseph
Faculty
503-346-3421

Research areas: Marine biogeochemistry; in situ sensors and instruments; phytoplankton ecology and physiology; stable isotope ecology.

Tawnya Peterson

Peterson, Tawnya
Faculty
503-346-3423

Research areas: Biological oceanography; ecology and physiology of phytoplankton; harmful algal blooms; ocean observatories

Holly Simon

Simon, Holly
Faculty
503-346-3422

Research areas: Microbial ecology; environmental genomics and gene sensing technologies; bioremediation.

Paul Tratnyek

Tratnyek, Paul
Faculty
503-346-3431
tratnyek@ohsu.edu
Research areas: Pathways, kinetics, mechanisms, and other fundamental, molecular aspects of environmental oxidation-reduction reactions. Applications to remediation of contaminated groundwater, treatment of waste and drinking water, risk assessment of emerging contaminants.

Karen Watanabe

Watanabe, Karen
Faculty
503-346-3433

Research areas: Developing computational models of biological systems.

James Whittaker

Whittaker, James
Faculty
503-346-3436
whittakj@ohsu.edu
Research areas: Electronic structures and dynamics of metalloenzyme active sites; spectroscopic and computational approaches to biomolecular structure; metalloenzyme mechanisms; enzyme engineering; biology of metal ions.

Peter Zuber

Zuber, Peter
Faculty
503-346-3424

Research areas: Regulation of prokaryotic gene expression and development in response to stress; signal transduction; regulation and mechanism of peptide antibiotic biosynthesis; regulation of genetic competence in Bacillus subtilis.

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Matthew Jones
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Tuomas Karna
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Clara Llebot
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Christine Romano
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Research Staff

Kati Geszvain
Senior Research Associate
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Kaitlin Grammer
Research Technician
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Mary Mayfield-Gambill
Research Technician
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Jo Goodman
Research Associate
Phone: 503-338-7679
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Lydie Herfort
Senior Research Associate
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Wren Kominos-Marvell
Research Assistant 2
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Hiroaki Naka
Senior Research Associate
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Charles Seaton
Research Assistant
Phone: 503-346-3405
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Carolyn Sheehan
Senior Research Associate
Phone: 503-346-3439
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Mariya Smit
Senior Research Associate
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Paul Turner
Senior Research Associate
Phone: 503-346-3406
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Mei Whittaker
Research Associate
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Michael Wilkin
Senior Research Associate
Phone: 503 338-6574
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Administrative Staff

Bonnie Gibbs
Executive Assistant
Phone: 503-346-3419
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Vanessa Green
Director of Student Development and Diversity
Phone: 503-346-3411
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Amy Johnson
Managing Director
Phone: 503-346-3425
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James Mohan
Research Systems Administrator 2
Phone: 503-346-3404
Email: mohanj@ohsu.edu

Karen Sears
Financial Analyst
Phone: 503-346-3420
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Ethan Van Matre
Manager, Computer Resources
Phone: 503-346-3402
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Nievita Bueno Watts
Director of Academic Programs
Phone: 503-346-3410
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Michele Webber
Finance Manager
Phone: 503-346-3416
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