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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 Department of Bacteriology Website
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Current/Active Funding
  • WARF, 2004-2020, Start-up funds for cluster hire cameron currie
  • WARF, 2011-2017, Romnes faculty fellow
  • Hatch Act Formula Fund, 2014-2018, The role of microbial symbionts in substrate specialization in leaf-cutter ants
Issued Patent(s)
USPTO Published Applications
  • 20160032340 - Method and compositions for improved lignocellulosic material hydrolysis, published February 2016.
  • 20130189744 - Method and compositions for improved lignocellulosic material hydrolysis, published July 2013.
Recent Publication(s)
  • The fungal cultivar of leaf-cutter ants produces specific enzymes in response to different plant substrates. Khadempour L, Burnum-Johnson KE, Baker ES, Nicora CD, Webb-Robertson BM, White RA, Monroe ME, Huang EL, Smith RD, Currie CR. Mol Ecol. 2016 Oct 1. doi: 10.1111/mec.13872.

  • Antimicrobial activity of actinobacteria isolated from the guts of subterranean termites. Arango RA, Carlson CM, Currie CR, McDonald BR, Book AJ, Green F 3rd, Lebow NK, Raffa KF. Environ Entomol. 2016 Sep 28. pii: nvw126. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Evolution and ecology of actinobacteria and their bioenergy applications. Lewin GR, Carlos C, Chevrette MG, Horn HA, McDonald BR, Stankey RJ, Fox BG, Currie CR. Annu Rev Microbiol. 2016 Sep 8;70:235-54. doi: 10.1146/annurev-micro-102215-095748.

  • Evolution of high cellulolytic activity in symbiotic streptomyces through selection of expanded gene content and coordinated gene expression. Book AJ, Lewin GR, McDonald BR, Takasuka TE, Wendt-Pienkowski E, Doering DT, Suh S, Raffa KF, Fox BG, Currie CR. PLoS Biol. 2016 Jun 8;14(6):e1002475. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002475. eCollection 2016 Jun.
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
Research Tools
Research Facilities
E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number 608-265-8034
Current University UW–Madison
Department Bacteriology / Wisconsin Energy Institute
Title Professor
Other Appointments Honorary Associate/Fellow
Address Line 1 6155 Microbial Sciences Building
Address Line 2 1550 Linden Drive
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53706
Bachelor's Degree B.S., University of Alberta, 1992
Master's Degree M.S., 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