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Researcher: Cameron Currie

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Areas of Research Expertise
  • Microbial ecology and evolution
  • Ecology and evolution of symbiosis
  • Coevolution
  • Evolutionary ecology of the attine ant-microbe quadripartite symbiosis
Web Site Cameron Currie's University Web Page
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Current/Active Funding
  • Dow Agrosciences, 2009-2015, Exploring insect associated actinobacteria for natural products of interest in crop protection
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, 2011-2016, Romnes Faculty Fellow
  • Hatch Act Formula Fund, 2014-2018, The role of microbial symbionts in substrate specialization in leaf-cutter ants
  • NIH, Harvard University, 2014-2015, Novel therapeutic agents from the bacterial symbionts of Brazilian invertebrates
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, 2014-2015, Production of cellulases from Streptomyces sp. SirexAA-E for commercialization benchmarking
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, 2015-2016, Currie_Fox Accelerato_Currie
Issued Patent(s)
USPTO Published Applications
  • 20130189744 - Method and compositions for improved lignocellulosic material hydrolysis, published July 2013.
Recent Publication(s)
  • Phylogenomic analysis and predicted physiological role of the proton-translocating NADH:quinone oxidoreductase (complex I) across bacteria. Spero MA, Aylward FO, Currie CR, Donohue TJ. MBio. 2015 April 14;6(2). pii: e00389-15. doi: 10.1128/mBio.00389-15.
  • Unique honey bee (Apis mellifera) hive component-based communities as detected by a hybrid of phospholipid fatty-acid and fatty-acid methyl ester analyses. Grubbs KJ, Scott JJ, Budsberg KJ, Read H, Balser TC, Currie CR. PLoS One. 2015 April 7;10(4):e0121697. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121697. eCollection 2015.
  • Convergent bacterial microbiotas in the fungal agricultural systems of insects. Aylward FO, Suen G, Biedermann PH, Adams AS, Scott JJ, Malfatti SA, Glavina del Rio T, Tringe SG, Poulsen M, Raffa KF, Klepzig KD, Currie CR. MBio. 2014 November 18;5(6):e02077. doi: 10.1128/mBio.02077-14.
  • Natalamycin A, an ansamycin from a termite-associated streptomyces sp. Kim KH, Ramadhar TR, Beemelmanns C, Cao S, Poulsen M, Currie CR, Clardy J. Chem Sci. 2014 November 1;5(11):4333-4338.
Recent Artistic Works
  • Intra-University Collaboration: Entomology
  • University of North Carolina, Biology
  • University of Florida, Soil and Water Science
  • University of Copenhagen, Biology
  • Harvard University, Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
  • Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
  • Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Insect Symbiosis Research Group
  • Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute
  • USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station
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Research Facilities
E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number 608-265-8034
Current University UW–Madison
Department Bacteriology / Zoology / Genetics
Title Assistant Professor
Other Appointments
Address Line 1 6155 Microbial Sciences Building
Address Line 2 1550 Linden Drive
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53706
Bachelor's Degree B.Sc., University of Alberta, 1992
Master's Degree M.Sc., University of Alberta, 1994
PhD Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2000
Other Degrees
Technologies Available for Licensing Exploring Natural Products from Actinobacteria Symbionts Associated with Animals and Plants

Enhanced Biomass Digestion with Wood Wasp Bacteria