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Name: Teplitski, Max
Title: Associate Professor
Organization: Soil and Water Science
Education: Ph.D., Horticulture, Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2002
Office Address: Genetics Institute Rm330E Cancer and Genetics Research Complex 2033 Mowry Rd, Gainesville,FL 32611
Email: maxtep@ufl.edu
Telephone: +1 (352) 273-8189

The research in Dr. Teplitski's lab focuses on understanding the ecological functions of chemical signaling within bacterial populations. Dr. Teplitski is also interested in understanding the role of cell-cell communication in the interactions of bacteria with their eukaryotic hosts. His research group and colleagues from OSU, UC Davis and University of Dayton recently identified several eukaryotic compounds which interfere with bacterial cell-cell communication mechanism called "quorum sensing." These signal mimics specifically manipulate bacterial quorum sensing-dependent behaviors and affect expression of bacterial genes necessary for plant-bacterial symbiosis. The production of quorum sensing mimics may be an important co-evolved communication mechanism, which allows precise timing of the infection or colonization events. Dr. Teplitski's research team also investigates the role of biofilms in survival and proliferation of water-borne pathogens (e.g. Salmonella enterica, Escherichia coli). His group studies gene expression of the biofilm regulators.Dr. Teplitski teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the Ecology of Waterborne Pathogens, RhizResearch Methods in Microbial Ecology and Rhizosphere Biochemistry. He also facilitates a summer short course on the Ecology of Bacterial Pathogens. More information on the short course can be found on the Course Website (http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/soils/pathogens/index.html).