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Bill Lorowitz
Professor, Microbiology
Weber State University

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My background is in the physiology and ecology of anaerobic bacteria, including methanogens, syntrophs, sulfate-reducers, and other bacteria found in GI tracts, anaerobic sewage sludge, soil, and aquatic and marine ecosystems. I've isolated and characterized bacteria in all of these groups, studying their metabolism and growth characteristics in pure culture and consortia. Some of my more interesting investigations have involved isolation of a long-chain fatty acid-degrading syntrophic bacterium, isolation and growth of an acetogen with carbon monoxide as sole energy source, microbially induced corrosion by methanogens (cathodic depolarization) or mixed cultures in biofilms, microbially enhanced oil recovery (MEOR), and purification of an anabolic enzyme from Methanobacterium thermoautotrophicum. Recently, I've had students working on projects in wine microbiology, composting, wastewater treatment, methods development, and geomicrobiology. Yearly trips to the Peruvian Amazon with Dr. Stephen Timme and Rainforest Ventures have led to an interest in ethnobotany and rainforest ecosystems. Projects in these areas include developing field assays for bioactive compounds and studying termite hindgut microbiology.

Educational Background  
Ph. D, MicrobiologyUniversity of Oklahoma, Norman 
M.S., MicrobiologyUniversity of Illinois, Urbana 
B.S., BiologyLehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 
 

Research with Student Involvement
Pfister, L. and W.H. Lorowitz.  1999. Isolation of a bacterium that performs the malolactic fermentation.  Regional Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Tulsa, OK.

Lorowitz, W.H. 1997. In situ assay of cellulolytic activity of termites in the Peruvian Amazon. 32nd Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Osage Beach, Missouri.

Williams, K. and W.H. Lorowitz. 1997. Effect of wastewater treatment on bacterial populations. Regional Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Lawrence, KS.

McDonnell, J. and W.H. Lorowitz. 1997. Growth of obligately anaerobic bacteria using a portable carbon dioxide generator. Regional Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Lawrence, KS.

Fewins, A.K., and W.H. Lorowitz. 1995. Microbiology of composting: Key organisms and metabolic activities. 30th Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Joplin, MO.

Fewins, A.K., and W.H. Lorowitz. 1995. Microbiology of composting: Enumeration and characterization of microbes. Annual Meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science, Pittsburg, KS.

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Dr. William Lorowitz
Department of Microbiology
Weber State University
2506 University Circle
Ogden, UT  84402-2506
(801) 626-7782
 
Office:  SL 303MA
 
wlorowitz@weber.edu
  

 

 

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