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Volker Brozel

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Graduate Coordinator and Professor

Office Building

Alfred Dairy Science Hall



Mailing Address

Alfred Dairy Science Hall 213
Biology & Microbiology-Box 2104A
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Pretoria
M.S. Microbiology, University of Pretoria
B.Sc. Food Science, University of Stellenbosch

Academic Interests/Expertise

Bacterial Ecophysiology
Nitrogen fixing bacteria

Academic Responsibilities

MICR 332 Microbial Physiology
MICR 332L Microbial Physiology Lab
BIOL / MICR 448 Molecular Microbial Genetics
MICR 667 Bacteriology (odd years)
BIOL 790 Scientific Writing

Professional Memberships

American Society for Microbiology
American Society for Microbiology North Central Branch
International Society for Microbial Ecology

Work Experience

Senior Lecturer, University of the Western Cape, South Africa: 1994 - 1997
Associate Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa: 1998 - 2003
Visiting Professor, Ernst Moritz Arndt University, Germany: 2002
Associate Professor, South Dakota State University: 2003 - 2009
Krupp Fellow: Ernst Moritz Arndt University, Germany: 2007
Professor: South Dakota State University: 2009 to date
Head of Department, South Dakota State University: 2011 - 2020
Extraordinary Professor, Microbiology at University of Pretoria: 2013 to date

Area(s) of Research

Bacterial Ecophysiology: Bacteria play a major role in biocatalysis on our planet. We know surprisingly little on how the over one million bacterial and archaeal species behave in their diverse natural environments. My lab focuses on growth and survival of bacteria in soil where many bacteria form multicellular conglomerates called biofilms.

Nitrogen-fixing bacteria: Conversion of atmospheric nitrogen gas to ammonia can only be performed by select bacteria called nitrogen-fixing bacteria. This is the second most vital process for life on earth after photosynthesis. My lab focuses on ecophysiology and diversity of nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and their associations with plants.



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