About the Lab
Baumler Lab is a research laboratory in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition & the Biotechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota led by Assistant Professor David J. Baumler.
The central focus of our research is in areas that use genomics, systems biology, and food microbiology methods to:
-Study infectious disease of foodborne pathogens and beneficial microbial flora during interactions with hosts through a combination of experimental and computational methods using genome-scale metabolic models.
-Genomics of foodborne pathogens
-Microbiome research throughout the food supply chain from farm to fork
-Characterize flavor profiles, antimicrobial properties, and genomics of >500 varieties of chili (chile) peppers for use in the food industry and to improve human health
-New technologies for non-thermal processing of foods
-Worldwide food safety
-Infer metabolism of ancient/ancestral microorganisms through a new field called “Paleo Systems Biology,” started by Dr. David J. Baumler.
Predicting essential metabolic genome content of niche-specific
enterobacterial human pathogens during simulation of host environments. PLOS One journal
A survey of Escherichia coli O157:H7 virulence factors: The first 25 years and 13 genomes. Advances in Microbiology journal
Antimicrobial properties of chili peppers. J. Infectious
Diseases and Therapy journal.
Inferring ancient enterobacterial metabolism using ancestral core metabolic models.
BMC Systems Biology journal
Use of comparative genomics for inquiry-based learning to dissect virulence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Yersinia pestis.
Cell Biology Education-Life Science Education (CBE-LSE) journal