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Developing disease management strategies for bat white-nose syndrome, funded by Williams/Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company.


Help Save Bats was produced in 2016 by Open Shade Media and The Nature Conservancy to bring attention to white-nose syndrome.


Special Bacteria Helps Heal Sick Bats was produced in 2015 by National Geographic. It documents the first successful treatment of white-nose syndrome, by our research group and collaborators, and the release of those treated bats back into the wild. Read More »

Current Research

Brewing Science Read More »
Biological and chemical analyses for industrial beverage fermentation processes.

White-Nose Syndrome Read More »
Pseudogymnoascus destructans (previously Geomyces destructans) is a newly-discovered fungal pathogen responsible for white-nose syndrome in bats. Since its discovery in North America in 2006, it has spread throughout the eastern United States and Canada.

Chalkbrood Disease/Colony Collapse Disorder Read More »
Ascosphera apis is a fungal pathogen that causes chalkbrood disease in honeybees and has been implicated in causing colony collapse disorder.

Snake Fungal Disease Read More »
Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola is a fungal pathogen responsible for a deadly dermatitis in snakes, known as snake fungal disease.

Antifungal Biocontrol Read More »
Rhodococcus rhodochrous strain DAP 96253 is a a ubiquitous, soil-dwelling bacterium that displays both delayed fruit-ripening activity and broad anti-fungal activity when grown on induction media

Recent Publications

Hussein, Emad I., Jacob H. Jacob, Muhamad Ali K. Shakhatreh, Mutaz A. Abd Al-razaq, Abdul-salam F. Juhmani, Christopher T. Cornelison. 2017. Exploring the microbial diversity in Jordanian hot springs by comparative metagenomic analysis. MicrobiologyOpen.

Jacob, Jacob H., Emad I. Hussein, Muhamad Ali K. Shakhatreh, Christopher T. Cornelison. 2017. Microbial community analysis of the hypersaline water of the Dead Sea using high-throughput amplicon sequencing. MicrobiologyOpen.

Cornelison, Christopher T., Blake Cherney, Kyle T. Gabriel, Courtney K. Barlament, and Sidney A. Crow Jr. 2016. Contact-Independent Antagonism of Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, the Causative Agent of Snake Fungal Disease by Rhodococcus rhodochrous DAP 96253 and Select Volatile Organic Compounds. Journal of Veterinary Science & Technology 7.

Cornelison, Christopher T., Kevin M. Keel, Kyle T. Gabriel, Courtney K. Barlament, Trudy A. Tucker, Georgie E. Pierce, and Sidney A. Crow Jr. 2014. A preliminary report on the contact-independent antagonism of Pseudogymnoascus destructans by Rhodococcus rhodochrous strain DAP96253. BMC Microbiology. 14:246.

Cornelison, Christopher T., Kyle T. Gabriel, Courtney K. Barlament, and Sidney A. Crow Jr. 2013. Inhibition of Pseudogymnoascus destructans growth from conidia and mycelial extension by bacterially produced volatile organic compounds. Mycopathologia. 177(1-2):1-10.


Header image credit: Ruffner mine #3 photograph courtesy of Bob Farley and electron micrographs of Rhodococcus Rhodochrous DAP 96253 (left) and Pseudogymnoascus destructans (right) courtesy of John Neville of Georgia State University.