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Patricia Waldron

Graduate Research Assistant

Institute for Environmental Genomics

Department of Microbiology

University of Oklahoma

101 David Boren Blvd.

Norman, OK 73072

(405) 325-3052

Research Interests

Microbial ecology of contaminated environments, bioremediation of metal-contaminated sites, ecological genomics


•University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK Currently enrolled in the PhD program, Jizhong Zhou, advisor. 2006 – present. Microbial ecology of bacteria in uranium and nitrate-contaminated sediments

•University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Amherst, MA M.S. in Microbiology, May 2006 Distribution and ecology of methanogen communities in subsurface shale

• Creighton University, Omaha, NE Graduate courses: Microbial Ecology, Introduction to Biostatistics

• Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA B.A. in Biology, May 2002

• School for Field Studies, Center for Rainforest Studies, Yungaburra, QLD AUSTRALIA Rainforest restoration program, Fall 2001

Research Experience

• Graduate Research Assistant, Institute for Environmental Genomics, University of Oklahoma, under Dr. Jizhong, Zhou (2006-present).

• Graduate Research Assistant, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, under Dr. Steven Petsch, (2004-2006)

• Senior Research Technician with Dr. David Petzel, (2002-2004) November 2002 – August 2003: Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Salisbury Cove, ME August – December 2003: McMurdo Station, ANTARCTICA January – August 2004: Creighton University, Omaha, NE

• American Heart Association Young Researcher Fellowship at the Mount Desert Island Biological Lab, (Summer 2002)

• National Science Foundation REU Grant at the Mount Desert Island Biological Lab. (Summer 2001, Summer 2000)

Teaching Experience

• Teaching Assistant: Spring 2008 Fundamentals of Microbiology Lab, University of Oklahoma

• Teaching Assistant: Fall 2004 and Spring 2005 Introduction to Microbiology Lab, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Presentations and Posters

• P.J. Waldron, J. D. Van Nostrand, D. B. Watson, Z. He, L. Y. Wu, P. Jardine, T. C. Hazen, J. Z. Zhou. GeoChip analysis of subsurface microbial communities impacted by heavy metal and nitrate contamination. 108th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Boston, MA.

• Waldron, P.J., J.D. Van Nostrand, D.B. Watson, L. Wu, Z. He, T.C. Hazen, J.Z. Zhou. Effects of Nitrate, pH and Uranium on the Subsurface Microbial Communities Revealed by Functional Gene Arrays. 107th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Toronto, ON.

• Waldron, P.J, S.T. Petsch, A..M., Martini, K. Nüsslein. 2006. Salinity of Pore Water Affects Microbial Growth and Diversity in Subsurface Shale. 106th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Orlando, FL.

• Feinberg, L.F., P.J. Waldron, C. Sullivan, J.F. Holden. 2005. Dissimilatory Fe(III) Reduction in Hyperthermophile Crenarchaea Pyrobaculum spp. Poster, 105th Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

• Waldron, P., 2003. Isolation of the alpha-3 isoform of the Sodium/Potassium-ATPase in Fundulus heteroclitus” Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium, Salisbury Cove, ME.


• Waldron, P., S. Petsch, A. Martini, and K. Nüsslein. 2007. Salinity constraints on subsurface Archaeal diversity and methanogenesis in a sedimentary, organic matter rich rock. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 73:4171-4179.

• Petzel, D., P. Waldron, D. Towle. 2004. The role of the α3 isoform of the Na/K-ATPase in regulating serum osmolarity in the killifish with regard to temperature. The FASEB Journal. 18:A1285, 847.12.

• Litteral, J., T. Kirsch, M. Elger, H. Hentschel, G. Weber, R. Raymond, A. Sheldon, P. Waldron and H. Haller. 2003. Expression and distribution of renal growth factors in Squalus acanthias and Leucoraja erinacea. MDIBL Bulliten. 42: 76-79.

• Wellner, M., J. Litteral, T. Kirsch, P. Waldron, M. Elger, H. Hentschel, H. Haller. 2002. Isolation of genes expressed in developing nephrons in the adult kidney of Squalus acanthius. MDIBL Bulletin. 41.

• Loehn, M., U. Muzzulini, T. Kirsch, J. Litteral, P. Waldron, H. Conrad, N. Klugbaure, F. Hofmann, H. Haller, F. Luft, Y. Huang, M. Gollasch. 2002. Cilnidipine is a novel slow-acting blocker of vascular L-type calcium channels that does not target protein kinase C. Journal of Hypertension. 20: 885-893.

• Loehn, M., U. Muzzulini, H. Conrad, T. Kirsch, J. Litteral, P. Waldron, N. Klugbauer, F. Hofmann, H. Haller, F. Luft, M. Gollasch. 2001. Effect of farnesol on vascular smooth muscle calcium channels. MDIBL Bulletin, 40: 99-101.

Professional Associations

• American Society for Microbiology (2004 – present)

• American Society for Microbiology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst Chapter, Secretary (2005 – 2006)

Awards and Honors

• American Heart Association Young Researcher Fellowship

• National Science Foundation REU grant

• Trustee Honors Scholarship, Grinnell College

References available upon request.

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