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Maureen L. Coleman

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentGeophysical Sciences
AddressChicago IL 60637
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    Our group studies microbial population diversity, ecology, and evolution. We focus primarily on freshwater and marine systems, and we use a combination of laboratory experiments, field observations, and computational analyses. Our current projects include 1) the role of marine viruses in biogeochemical processes; 2) the physiology and genetics of photoheterotrophy; and 3) phylogenetic and metabolic diversity of microbes in the Laurentian Great Lakes.

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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MAPh.D.2008Environmental Microbiology
    MIT/Caltech, Pasadena, CApostdoc2011Geobiology
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    2014Sloan Research Fellow in Ocean Sciences

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    1. Zimmerman AE, Podowski JC, Gallagher GE, Coleman ML, Waldbauer JR. Tracking nitrogen allocation to proteome biosynthesis in a marine microbial community. Nat Microbiol. 2023 03; 8(3):498-509. PMID: 36635571.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Cells
    2. Podowski JC, Paver SF, Newton RJ, Coleman ML. Genome Streamlining, Proteorhodopsin, and Organic Nitrogen Metabolism in Freshwater Nitrifiers. mBio. 2022 06 28; 13(3):e0237921. PMID: 35435701; PMCID: PMC9239080.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    3. Coleman M. Diagnosing nutritional stress in the oceans. Science. 2021 04 16; 372(6539):239-240. PMID: 33859023.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    
    4. Mine AH, Coleman ML, Colman AS. Phosphorus Release and Regeneration Following Laboratory Lysis of Bacterial Cells. Front Microbiol. 2021; 12:641700. PMID: 33897649; PMCID: PMC8060472.
      Citations: 1     
    5. Paver SF, Newton RJ, Coleman ML. Microbial communities of the Laurentian Great Lakes reflect connectivity and local biogeochemistry. Environ Microbiol. 2020 01; 22(1):433-446. PMID: 31736217; PMCID: PMC6973239.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    6. Zimmerman AE, Howard-Varona C, Needham DM, John SG, Worden AZ, Sullivan MB, Waldbauer JR, Coleman ML. Metabolic and biogeochemical consequences of viral infection in aquatic ecosystems. Nat Rev Microbiol. 2020 01; 18(1):21-34. PMID: 31690825.
      Citations: 96     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    7. Waldbauer JR, Coleman ML, Rizzo AI, Campbell KL, Lotus J, Zhang L. Nitrogen sourcing during viral infection of marine cyanobacteria. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 07 30; 116(31):15590-15595. PMID: 31308237; PMCID: PMC6681717.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    8. Paver SF, Muratore D, Newton RJ, Coleman ML. Reevaluating the Salty Divide: Phylogenetic Specificity of Transitions between Marine and Freshwater Systems. mSystems. 2018 Nov-Dec; 3(6). PMID: 30443603; PMCID: PMC6234284.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    
    9. Hentchel KL, Reyes Ruiz LM, Curtis PD, Fiebig A, Coleman ML, Crosson S. Genome-scale fitness profile of Caulobacter crescentus grown in natural freshwater. ISME J. 2019 02; 13(2):523-536. PMID: 30297849; PMCID: PMC6331620.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    10. Ma X, Coleman ML, Waldbauer JR. Distinct molecular signatures in dissolved organic matter produced by viral lysis of marine cyanobacteria. Environ Microbiol. 2018 08; 20(8):3001-3011. PMID: 30047191.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    11. Bachy C, Charlesworth CJ, Chan AM, Finke JF, Wong CH, Wei CL, Sudek S, Coleman ML, Suttle CA, Worden AZ. Transcriptional responses of the marine green alga Micromonas pusilla and an infecting prasinovirus under different phosphate conditions. Environ Microbiol. 2018 08; 20(8):2898-2912. PMID: 29749714.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    12. Murata K, Zhang Q, Fu C, Coleman ML, Osburne MS, Schmid MF, Sullivan MB, Chisholm SW, Chiu W, Gerardo Galaz-Montoya J. Visualizing Adsorption of Cyanophage P-SSP7 onto Marine Prochlorococcus. Sci Rep. 2017 03 10; 7:44176. PMID: 28281671; PMCID: PMC5345008.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    13. Gibbons SM, Scholz M, Hutchison AL, Dinner AR, Gilbert JA, Coleman ML. Disturbance Regimes Predictably Alter Diversity in an Ecologically Complex Bacterial System. mBio. 2016 12 20; 7(6). PMID: 27999158; PMCID: PMC5181773.
      Citations: 22     Fields:    
    14. Roux S, Solonenko NE, Dang VT, Poulos BT, Schwenck SM, Goldsmith DB, Coleman ML, Breitbart M, Sullivan MB. Towards quantitative viromics for both double-stranded and single-stranded DNA viruses. PeerJ. 2016; 4:e2777. PMID: 28003936; PMCID: PMC5168678.
      Citations: 81     Fields:    
    15. Howe A, Ringus DL, Williams RJ, Choo ZN, Greenwald SM, Owens SM, Coleman ML, Meyer F, Chang EB. Divergent responses of viral and bacterial communities in the gut microbiome to dietary disturbances in mice. ISME J. 2016 May; 10(5):1217-27. PMID: 26473721; PMCID: PMC5029215.
      Citations: 51     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    16. Weitz JS, Stock CA, Wilhelm SW, Bourouiba L, Coleman ML, Buchan A, Follows MJ, Fuhrman JA, Jover LF, Lennon JT, Middelboe M, Sonderegger DL, Suttle CA, Taylor BP, Frede Thingstad T, Wilson WH, Eric Wommack K. A multitrophic model to quantify the effects of marine viruses on microbial food webs and ecosystem processes. ISME J. 2015 Jun; 9(6):1352-64. PMID: 25635642; PMCID: PMC4438322.
      Citations: 83     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCellsPHPublic Health
    17. Gibbons SM, Jones E, Bearquiver A, Blackwolf F, Roundstone W, Scott N, Hooker J, Madsen R, Coleman ML, Gilbert JA. Human and environmental impacts on river sediment microbial communities. PLoS One. 2014; 9(5):e97435. PMID: 24841417; PMCID: PMC4026135.
      Citations: 37     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Ricci JN, Coleman ML, Welander PV, Sessions AL, Summons RE, Spear JR, Newman DK. Diverse capacity for 2-methylhopanoid production correlates with a specific ecological niche. ISME J. 2014 Mar; 8(3):675-684. PMID: 24152713; PMCID: PMC3930323.
      Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    19. Bird LJ, Coleman ML, Newman DK. Iron and copper act synergistically to delay anaerobic growth of bacteria. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2013 Jun; 79(12):3619-27. PMID: 23563938; PMCID: PMC3675935.
      Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    20. Waldbauer JR, Coleman ML, Chisholm SW, Rodrigue S. Transcriptome and proteome dynamics of a light-dark synchronized bacterial cell cycle. PLoS One. 2012; 7(8):e43432. PMID: 22952681; PMCID: PMC3430701.
      Citations: 75     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    21. Kreamer NN, Wilks JC, Marlow JJ, Coleman ML, Newman DK. BqsR/BqsS constitute a two-component system that senses extracellular Fe(II) in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. J Bacteriol. 2012 Mar; 194(5):1195-204. PMID: 22194456; PMCID: PMC3294787.
      Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    22. Doughty DM, Coleman ML, Hunter RC, Sessions AL, Summons RE, Newman DK. The RND-family transporter, HpnN, is required for hopanoid localization to the outer membrane of Rhodopseudomonas palustris TIE-1. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Nov 08; 108(45):E1045-51. PMID: 21873238; PMCID: PMC3215060.
      Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    23. Coleman ML, Chisholm SW. Ecosystem-specific selection pressures revealed through comparative population genomics. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Oct 26; 107(43):18634-9. PMID: 20937887; PMCID: PMC2972931.
      Citations: 121     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    24. Welander PV, Coleman ML, Sessions AL, Summons RE, Newman DK. Identification of a methylase required for 2-methylhopanoid production and implications for the interpretation of sedimentary hopanes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 May 11; 107(19):8537-42. PMID: 20421508; PMCID: PMC2889317.
      Citations: 39     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    25. Zinser ER, Lindell D, Johnson ZI, Futschik ME, Steglich C, Coleman ML, Wright MA, Rector T, Steen R, McNulty N, Thompson LR, Chisholm SW. Choreography of the transcriptome, photophysiology, and cell cycle of a minimal photoautotroph, prochlorococcus. PLoS One. 2009; 4(4):e5135. PMID: 19352512; PMCID: PMC2663038.
      Citations: 88     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    26. Sullivan MB, Coleman ML, Quinlivan V, Rosenkrantz JE, Defrancesco AS, Tan G, Fu R, Lee JA, Waterbury JB, Bielawski JP, Chisholm SW. Portal protein diversity and phage ecology. Environ Microbiol. 2008 Oct; 10(10):2810-23. PMID: 18673386; PMCID: PMC2657995.
      Citations: 44     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    27. Frias-Lopez J, Shi Y, Tyson GW, Coleman ML, Schuster SC, Chisholm SW, Delong EF. Microbial community gene expression in ocean surface waters. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Mar 11; 105(10):3805-10. PMID: 18316740; PMCID: PMC2268829.
      Citations: 289     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    28. Kettler GC, Martiny AC, Huang K, Zucker J, Coleman ML, Rodrigue S, Chen F, Lapidus A, Ferriera S, Johnson J, Steglich C, Church GM, Richardson P, Chisholm SW. Patterns and implications of gene gain and loss in the evolution of Prochlorococcus. PLoS Genet. 2007 Dec; 3(12):e231. PMID: 18159947; PMCID: PMC2151091.
      Citations: 242     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    29. Lindell D, Jaffe JD, Coleman ML, Futschik ME, Axmann IM, Rector T, Kettler G, Sullivan MB, Steen R, Hess WR, Church GM, Chisholm SW. Genome-wide expression dynamics of a marine virus and host reveal features of co-evolution. Nature. 2007 Sep 06; 449(7158):83-6. PMID: 17805294.
      Citations: 154     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    30. Coleman ML, Chisholm SW. Code and context: Prochlorococcus as a model for cross-scale biology. Trends Microbiol. 2007 Sep; 15(9):398-407. PMID: 17693088.
      Citations: 59     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    31. Martiny AC, Coleman ML, Chisholm SW. Phosphate acquisition genes in Prochlorococcus ecotypes: evidence for genome-wide adaptation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Aug 15; 103(33):12552-7. PMID: 16895994; PMCID: PMC1567916.
      Citations: 125     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    32. Coleman ML, Sullivan MB, Martiny AC, Steglich C, Barry K, Delong EF, Chisholm SW. Genomic islands and the ecology and evolution of Prochlorococcus. Science. 2006 Mar 24; 311(5768):1768-70. PMID: 16556843.
      Citations: 208     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    33. Sullivan MB, Coleman ML, Weigele P, Rohwer F, Chisholm SW. Three Prochlorococcus cyanophage genomes: signature features and ecological interpretations. PLoS Biol. 2005 May; 3(5):e144. PMID: 15828858; PMCID: PMC1079782.
      Citations: 249     Fields:    Translation:Cells
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