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Global Infectious Disease Research

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Steven Lower, PhD

Associate Professor
School of Earth Sciences
PhD. Virginia Tech, 2001
Additional Information: 

Recent Research Grants:


·       "Unraveling the bacterium-mineral interface: Nanoscale structures and forces." National Science Foundation (NSF). $488,324.00. Principal Investigator. 2005-2009

·       "CAREER: The protein-mineral bond." National Science Foundation (NSF). $452,659.00. Principal Investigator. 2008-2009

·       "Forces at the heart of Staphylococcus biofilms on cardiac implants." National Institutes of Health (NIH). $429,584.00. Principal Investigator. 2008-2009



Recent Published Articles:


·       Lower, B. H., Shi, L., Yongsunthon, R., Droubay, T.C., McCready, D.E., and Lower, S.K. 2007. Specific bonds between an iron oxide surface and outer membrane cytochromes MtrC and OmcA from Shewanella oneidensis MR-1. Journal of Bacteriology. Vol. 189: 4944-4952.

·       Lower, S.K. 2007. Treating astrology's claims with all due gravity. Nature. Vol. 447: 528-528.

·       Yongsunthon, R., Fowler, V., Lower, B.H., Alexander, E., Reller, B., Corey, R., Vellano, F.P., and Lower, S.K. 2007. Correlation between binding forces and clinical prognosis of Staphylococcus aureus biofilms on medical implants. Langmuir. Vol. 23: 2289-2292.

·       Hochella, M.F., Lower, S.K., Maurice, P.A., Penn, L., Sahai, N., Sparks, D., Twining, B. 2008. Nanominerals, Mineral Nanoparticles, and Earth Systems.  Science. Vol. 319: 1631-1635.

·       Lower, B.H., Lins, R.D., Oestricher, Z., Straatsma, T.P, Hochella, M.F., Shi, L., and Lower, S.K. 2008. In vitro evolution of a peptide with a hematite binding motif that may constitute a natural metal-oxide binding archetype.  Environmental Science & Technology. Vol. 42: 3821-3827.

·       Lower, S.K. 2008. The pedagogical genealogy of Terrance J. Beveridge: A legacy of bonds.  Geobiology. Vol. 6: 242-244.

·       Taylor, E.S. and Lower, S.K. 2008. Thickness and surface density of extracellular polymers on Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidansApplied and Environmental Microbiology. Vol. 74: 309-311.

·       Lower, B.H., Yongsunthon, R., Shi, L., Wildling, L., Gruber, H.J., Reardon, C.L., Pinchuk, G.E., Droubay, T.C.,Boily, J-.F., and Lower, S.K. 2009. Antibody-recognition force microscopy shows that OmcA and MtrCcytochromes are expressed on the outer surface of Shewanella oneidensis MR-1.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Vol. 75. : 2931-2935.

·       Stevens, M.J., Donato, L., Lower, S.K., and Sahai, N. 2009. Oxide dependent adhesion of Jurkat line of T-lymphocytes.  Langmuir. Vol. 25. : 6270-6278.

·       Buck, A.W., Fowler, V.G., Yongsunthon, R., Liu, J., DiBartola, A.C, Que, Y.-A., Moreiollon, P., and Lower, S.K. 2010. Bonds between fibronectin and fibronectin-binding proteins on Staphylococcus aureus and Lactococcus lactis.  Langmuir. Vol. 26. : 10764-10770.

·       Lower, S.K., Yongsunthon, R., Casillas-Ituartz, N.N., Taylor, E.S., DiBartola, A.C., Lower, B.H., Beveridge, T.J., Buck, A.W., and Fowler, V.G. 2010. A tactile response in Staphylococcus aurues.  Biophysical Journal. Vol. 99. : 2803-2811.