B.S., Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Ph.D., Microbiology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Area(s) of Expertise
Prof. Piret’s research centered for a number of years on the industrially-important antibiotic-producing bacteria Streptomyces. Her lab investigated genes controlling antibiotic synthesis and morphological development (sporulation) in Streptomyces clavuligerus and Streptomyces coelicolor. Recently she has moved in a new direction to study marine bacterial viruses. There are estimated to be about 1030 bacteriophages in the earth’s oceans, making important contributions to global carbon and nitrogen cycles as well as to bacterial diversity.
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Ancient bacteria go under the lens
Every fourth breath you take comes from cyanobacteria, which populate the planet’s waters.