Peter Zuber

Peter Zuber

Institute of Environmental Health and Division of Environmental and Biomolecular Systems
Affiliate Scientist, Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction
Office: Hatfield Research Center, 3rd floor, Room 317
Phone: 503-346-3424


B. S., Microbiology, University of Maine, Orono, 1976
Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, 1982



  • Harvard University, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Laboratory of Richard Losick, American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow, 1982-85; Research Associate, 1985-86
  • Oklahoma State University, Assistant Professor, Department of Botany and Microbiology, 1986-88
  • Louisiana State University Medical Center at Shreveport, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Assistant Professor, 1988-92, Associate Professor, 1992-96, Professor, 1996-98
  • Harvard Medical School, Visiting Professor, Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Laboratory of Christopher T. Walsh, 1996
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Bacteriology
  • Editorial Board: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • Advisory Board: Molecular Microbiology
  • Associate Editor: Microbiology


Research Interests

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.


Selected Publications

Ann A. Lin; Don Walthers; Peter Zuber
Residue substitutions near the redox center of Bacillus subtilis Spx affect RNA polymerase interaction, redox control, and Spx-DNA contact at a conserved cis-acting element
Journal of Bacteriology. 2013;195(17):3967-3978.

Caroline S. Fortunato; Lydie Herfort; Peter Zuber; Antonio M. Baptista; Byron C. Crump
Spatial variability overwhelms seasonal patterns in bacterioplankton communities across a river to ocean gradient
ISME Journal. 2012;6(3):554-563.

Lydie Herfort; Tawnya D. Peterson; Fredrick G. Prahl; Lee Ann McCue; Joseph A. Needoba; Byron C. Crump; G. Curtis Roegner; Victoria Campbell; Peter Zuber
Red Waters of Myrionecta rubra are Biogeochemical Hotspots for the Columbia River Estuary with Impacts on Primary/Secondary Productions and Nutrient Cycles
Estuaries and Coasts. 2012;35(3):878-891.

Ann A. Lin; Peter Zuber
Evidence that a single monomer of Spx can productively interact with RNA polymerase in Bacillus subtilis
Journal of Bacteriology. 2012;194(7):1697-1707.

Chio Mui Chan; Saurabh Garg; Ann A. Lin; Peter Zuber
Geobacillus thermodenitrificans YjbH recognizes the C-terminal end of Bacillus subtilis Spx to accelerate Spx proteolysis by ClpXP
Microbiology. 2012;158(5):1268-1278.

Suzanne DeLorenzo; Suzanna L. Bräuer; Chelsea A. Edgmont; Lydie Herfort; Bradley M. Tebo; Peter Zuber
Ubiquitous Dissolved Inorganic Carbon Assimilation by Marine Bacteria in the Pacific Northwest Coastal Ocean as Determined by Stable Isotope Probing
PLoS ONE. 2012;7(10):[e46695].

Tawnya D. Peterson; Rachel L. Golda; Michael L. Garcia; Binglin Li; Michelle A. Maier; Joseph A. Needoba; Peter Zuber
Associations between Mesodinium rubrum and cryptophyte algae in the Columbia River estuary
Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 2012;68(2):117-130.

Lydie Herfort; Tawnya D. Peterson; Lee Ann McCue; Byron C. Crump; Fredrick G. Prahl; Antonio M. Baptista; Victoria Campbell; Rachel Warnick; Mikaela Selby; G. Curtis Roegner; et al.
Myrionecta rubra population genetic diversity and its cryptophyte chloroplast specificity in recurrent red tides in the Columbia River estuary
Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 2011;62(1):85-97.

S.L. Bräuer; C. Adams; K. Kranzler; D. Murphy; M. Xu; P. Zuber; H.M. Simon; A.M. Baptista; B.M. Tebo
Culturable Rhodobacter and Shewanella species are abundant in estuarine turbidity maxima of the Columbia River
Environmental Microbiology. 2011;13(3):589-603.

Sushma Kommineni; Saurabh K. Garg; Chio Mui Chan; Peter Zuber
YjbH-enhanced proteolysis of Spx by ClpXP in Bacillus subtilis is inhibited by the small protein YirB (YuzO)
Journal of Bacteriology. 2011;193(9):2133-2140.


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