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Chodkowski, John

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
6118 Biomedical Physical Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-5371


John is a PhD candidate in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics department in Ashley Shade’s lab. He is interested studying microbe-microbe interactions facilitated through the production of extracellular small molecules (exometabolites). Using a synthetic microbial community approach developed in the lab, he uses -omics techniques to ask how microbial diversity and time over stationary growth influence community exometabolites and member gene transcription. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at State University of New York College at Cortland in Cortland, NY. As an undergraduate student, he first gained experience in microbial ecology using microcosms to study disturbance ecology. In addition, he gained experience in biochemistry techniques while working on a project to study protein-protein interactions involved in ascorbic acid biosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana.