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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.

Emerging Fungal Pathogens Read More »
Research involving several fungal pathogens, including Ascosphera apis, a fungal pathogen that causes chalkbrood disease in honeybees and has been implicated in causing colony collapse disorder, Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, a fungal pathogen responsible for a deadly dermatitis in snakes known as snake fungal disease, among others.

Recent Publications

Gabriel, Kyle T., D. Joseph Sexton, Christopher T. Cornelison. 2018. Biomimicry of volatile-based microbial control for managing emerging fungal pathogens. Journal of Applied Microbiology.

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.

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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.