Professor, Microbial Molecular Genetics
Ph.D. (Molecular Genetics), 1988, University of Louisville
The research interest in my laboratory is the use of molecular approaches to study gene expression and regulation in prokaryotes. Currently we are pursuing, but are not limited to, the following areas of investigation:
Polar Microbiology: The Ecology, Biodiversity and Bioremediation Potential of Microorganisms in Extremely Cold Environments. 2009.
Edited by: Asim K. Bej, Jackie Aislabie and Ronald M. Atlas, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL (ISBN: 978-1-4200-8384-2)
G. Panicker, N. Mojib, T. Nakatsuji, J. Aislabie and A.K. Bej. 2010. Occurrence and distribution of capB in Antarctic microorganisms and study of its structure and regulation in the Antarctic biodegradative Pseudomonas sp. 30/3. Extremophiles 14(2):171-183.
N. Mojib, R. Philpott, J. Huang, M. Neiderweis, and A.K. Bej. 2010. Antimycobacterial activity of pigments isolated from Antarctic bacteria. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek: An International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology. 98(4):531-540.
N. Mojib, T.H. Nasti, R. Attigada, R.B. Hoover, N. Yusuf and A.K. Bej. 2010. A purple violet pigment (PVP) from an Antarctic Janthinobacterium sp. Ant5-2 causes cell cycle arrest and induces apoptosis in murine UV-induced 2237 skin cancer cells. International Journal of Dermatology (Accepted).
G. Panicker, N. Mojib, J.A. Aislabie, A.K. Bej. 2010. Detection, expression and quantitation of the biodegradative genes in Antarctic microorganisms using PCR. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek: An International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology. 97(3):275-287.
A.V. Rizvi and A.K. Bej. 2010. Rapid Detection of Vibrio parahaemolyticus in Shellfish and Gulf of Mexico Water Using Multiplexed Real Time PCR with SYBR Green™ I. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek: An International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology. 98(3):279-290.
L.N. Ward and A.K. Bej. 2006. Detection of Vibrio parahaemolyticus in shellfish by use of multiplexed real-time PCR with TaqMan fluorescent probes. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 72:2031-2042.
G. Panicker and A.K. Bej. 2005. Real-time PCR detection of Vibrio vulnificus in oysters: comparison of oligonucleotide primers and probes targeting vvhA. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 71:5702-5709.
Recent Book chapters:
N. Mojib, J.T. Trevors, A.K. Bej. 2011. Microbial biodegradative genes and enzymes in mineralization of non-metal pollutants. In Microbial Bioremediation of Non-metals: Current Research, Chapter 11, Anna-Irini Koukkou (ed.), Horizon Scientific Press, Norwich, United Kingdom. (In Press).
J.T. Trevors, A.K. Bej, J.D. van Elsas. 2011. Hypothesized micro-environments for the origin of microbial life on Earth, In Genesis: Origin of Life on Earth and Planets, COLE Series Book, Seckbach, J. & R. Gordon, (Eds.). Dordrecht, Springer Verlag, the Netherlands. (In Press).
A.K. Bej. 2010. Vibrio In Molecular Detection of Human Bacterial Pathogens, Chapter 104, Dongyou Liu (ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.