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Details of Dr. Boris Wawrik   


Gender male
Job title Associate Professor
University of Oklahoma ( OU)
660 Parrington Oval Norman 73019
Regions Sea of Azov
Nationality Germany
Tel 001-732-932-8165 x 316
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Degree Ph.D.
Job type Research
Research Area(s) Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology
Research Activities I hold a full time tenured academic position in a microbiology department where I teach courses in cell biology, microbial physiology and genetics, and marine microbiology.  My research typically involves interfacing with an interdisciplinary group of researchers in order gain a holistic understanding of microbial processes in both natural and engineered systems.  My currently funded research projects target the impact of climate change on agricultural soils, nitrogen transformation in marine systems, bio-energy, microbial degradation of hydrocarbons, bio-informatics, bio-corrosion, microbiome research, and systems biology.

Research Region 34, 36
Working languages English, German
Skills/Expertise Marine Science; Microbiology; Marine Biotechnology; Genomics and Genome Analysis; Transcriptomics; Bioinformatics; Microbial Ecology; Microbiome; Molecular Biology; Scientific Writing; Grant Writing; Environmental Science; Systems Biology; Biodegradation; Statistics; Six Sigma; Multi-collaborator Projects; Experimental Design; Scientific Project Management; Microbial Metabolism and Biochemistry; Supercomputing and Big Data Analysis (Biology); Biofuels; Soil Microbiology; Antibiotic Resistance; Stable Isotope Probing



 ·      earned national and international recognition for my research program

·      10 external grants totaling >$6 million (6 as PI, 4 as co-PI)

·      contributed to discovery of genetic basis for anaerobic alkane degradation

·      successfully led software development team to deploy bioinformatics analysis tool

·      first to develop nitrogen-based stable isotope probing technology for use in marine systems

·      discovered simultaneous organic and inorganic nitrogen utilization by marine cyanobacteria

·      contributed to the current understanding of methanogenic paraffin bio-degradation

·      generated comprehensive analysis of microbial processes involved in coal-bed methanogenesis

·      served as chief scientist of oceanographic research expedition

·      developed tool to quantify algal lipid production

·      conducted studies of steel bio-corrosion

·      directed a range genomic, metagenomic, and transcriptomic studieS

PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Dr. Boris WAWRIK)

John, D., B. Wawrik and J.H. Paul. 2006. Ientification and sequence Analysis of the Genomic Environment Surrounding rbcL Containing BAC Clones generated from Gulf of Mexico Community DNA. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 316:23-33
Wawrik, B., G. Zylstra, L. Kerkhof and J. Kukor. 2005. Identification of Unique Type II Polyketide Synthase Genes in Soil. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 71: 2232-2238.
Wawrik, B., L. Kerkhof, J. Kukor and G. Zylstra. 2005. The Effect of Carbon Sources on Community Composition of Bacterial Enrichments from Soil. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 71: 6776-6783
Corredor, J., J.H. Paul, B. Wawrik, and L. Kerkhof, 2004. RubisCO Transcription and Photosynthetic Capacity of Planktonic Photoautotrophs: Results of the Geochemical Rate/RNA Integrated Study (GRIST). Applied and Environmental Microbiology 70: 5459-5468.
Wawrik, B., D. John, M. Gray, D. A. Bronk, and J.H. Paul. 2004. Preferential Uptake of Ammonium in the Presence of Elevated Nitrate Concentrations by Phytoplankton in the Offshore Mississippi Plume. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 35:185-196
Wawrik, B., and J.H. Paul. 2004. Phytoplankton Community Structure and Productivity Along the Axis of the Mississippi Plume. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 35:175-184
Gray, M., B. Wawrik, E. Caspar and J.H. Paul. 2003. Molecular Detection and Quantification of the Red Tide Dinoflagellate Karenia brevis in the Marine Environment. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 69:5726-5730
Wawrik, B., J.H. Paul, L. Campbell, D. Griffin, L. Houchin, A. Fuentes-Ortega, and F. Müller-Karger, 2003. Vertical Structure of the Phytoplankton Community Associated with a Coastal Plume in the Gulf of Mexico. Marine Ecology Progress Series 251:87-101
Wawrik, B., J.H. Paul, and R. F. Tabita. 2002. Diatom rbcL (ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase) Gene Expression by Real-time PCR. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 68:3771-3778
Paul, J.H., B. Wawrik, and A. Alfreider. 2000. Micro- and Macrodiversity in rbcL Sequences in Ambient Phytoplankton Populations from the Southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Marine Ecology Progress Series 198:9-18
Wawrik, B., D. Kutliev, L. Kerkhof, G. J. Zylstra, and J.J. Kukor. Analysis of Actinomycete Communities and Type II Polyketide Synthase Genes in Soil collected in New Jersey and Central Asia. In Preparation.
Callaghan, A.V., B. Wawrik, S. Ni Chadhain, G.J. Zylstra, and L. Young. Title undisclosed. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. In review.

Created: 2006-10-06 Last Updated: 2016-07-05 by Boris WAWRIK