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Dahl Lab

Microbiology at ISU

Welcome to the Dahl laboratory at Illinois State University

We are part of the School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University and located on the 3rd floor of the Science Laboratory Building. Our mission is to contribute to the field of the bacterial stress response and train rigorous, creative, and collaborative scientists.​

The Dahl lab is broadly interested in understanding how bacteria respond to changes in their environment on both organismal and molecular level. We use a combination of genetic, biochemical, and microbiological approaches to study bacterial stress response and defense systems. Our goal is to determine the role of these processes in host defense and to identify potential novel drug targets.

Our projects include:

  • How does uropathogenic E. coli respond to and defend reactive oxygen and chlorine species?
  • How does Pseudomonas aeruginosa respond to and defend reactive oxygen and chlorine species?
  • What is the role of inorganic polyphosphate in Pseudomonas aeruginosa-mediated killing of Staphylococcus aureus?
  • Investigating the killing mechanism of novel antimicrobial agents

We are dedicated to diversity and inclusion, and we promote and recognize principles of fairness and equity in relation to, and across, intersections of race, age, color, disability, faith, religion, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, social class, economic class, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, and all other identities represented among our diverse communities.

Undergrads & Grad Student Applicants: 

If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact Dr. Dahl (email: jdahl1@ilstu.edu) with your current CV and a cover letter in which you explain your motivation to work in the Dahl lab and your research experience.

Find here the information about our graduate programs: MS / PhD


Teaching Interests:

  • BSC 260 – Microbiology
  • BSC 290/299 – Research in Biological Sciences​​​​​​​
  • BSC 420A09 – Graduate Seminar in Microbiology
  • BSC 370 – Small World Initiative

Contact:

Dr. Jan-Ulrik Dahl
School of Biological Sciences
Illinois State University
Science Laboratory Building, Room SLB 342/343

Email: jdahl1@ilstu.edu
Phone: (309) 438-7694
Twitter:@JanUlrikDahl1, ORCID, Google Scholar

Education:

Diplom (equiv. to M.Sc.): University of Potsdam (2010) w/ honors
Ph.D.: University of Potsdam (2013)​ in Molecular Enzymology
Postdoc: University of Michigan (2014 – 2018), Advisor: Prof. Dr. U. Jakob

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