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Dulay, Hunter

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
6107 Biomedical Physical Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-5370




Hunter Dulay is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics department where he pursues his interest in fundamental biological processes to develop our understanding of how biology arose on Earth. As a member of the Reguera and Kashefi labs, he studies extracellular electron transport via the pilin-nanowires of Geobacter sulfurreducens to elucidate biogeochemical and syntrophic interactions that allow for diverse metabolisms to coexist at the microbial level. Hunter is passionate about science communication and has many endeavors including writing for SciWorthy, advocating for science policy with Science Debate, and frequently volunteering with MSU STEAM events. Hunter earned his B.S. at the University of California, Santa Cruz in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology with an emphasis in Astrophysics. While in his undergrad, Hunter studied microbial hydrogenesis and its applications towards hydrogen fuel cells. He has also had the opportunity to perform research in a diverse range of institutions and topics including thermophilic protein dynamics at Osaka University, Japan, treatments for metabolic syndrome at the Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research, and muscle stem cell regeneration at Stanford University.


  1. Han L. Bittner S. Dong D. Cortez Y. Dulay H. Arshad S. Kraemer FB. Azhar S. 2019. Creosote bush-derived NDGA attenuates molecular and pathological changes in a novel mouse model of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Mol Cell Endocrinol 498: 110538.

Accepted for Publication:

  1. Tabares M. Dulay H. Reguera G. 2019. Geobacter sulfurreducens. Trends Microbiol


  1. AGU Fall 2019 Meeting – Oral Presentation – Centennial Session: Biogeophysics: New Frontiers for Understanding Subsurface Microbial Processes from Their Geophysical Signatures I: Life on the Grid: Wiring Biology and Geology with Microbial Nanowires
  2. SIMB Annual Meeting, 2019 – Poster Presentation and Lightning (one minute) Science Slam - Biological and synthetic platforms for cobalt biomineralization using microbial nanowires. Dulay M. Tabares M. Cosert K. Kashefi K. Reguera G.