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Research and Teaching Interests: Structure, function, and regulation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genes; principles of DNA technology; genetics of microbial pathogens; physiology, genetics, and biodiversity of extremophile microorganisms

Asim Bej. Office Hours: By appointment

  • BS, University of Calcutta, India
  • MS, University of Calcutta, India
  • PhD, University of Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. Bej is a professor at the Department of Biology and also teaches classes for the Department of Justice Sciences. He studied microbial gene regulation and development and applications of molecular diagnostics of human pathogens in environmental and clinical samples at the University of Louisville. He has published numerous research and review articles, book chapters, and is the lead editor of a book encompassing his research areas.

Dr. Bej teaches molecular genetics and DNA technology courses, supervises graduate and undergraduate research students, and provides professional services to academic and research organizations. He has established active research collaborations with professional colleagues across the world. Dr. Bej is a recipient of the President’s as well as the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at UAB, NASA Faculty Fellowship, Honorary Member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, and a member of the Tawani/NASA Exobiology Antarctic Scientific Research Expedition.

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  • Microorganisms in extreme ecosystems (extremophiles): Genomic approaches to explore community composition, function, evolution, and adaptation of extremophile microorganisms in polar ecosystems.
  • Microbiome: Structure, function, and diversity of gut microbiomes in Sea Urchin and Zebrafish in response to diet and environment.
  • Rapid diagnostics: Molecular diagnostics & comparative genomics of microbial pathogens.
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Principles of DNA Technology

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