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Department ofPublic Health

Craig Stephens

Craig M. Stephens

Sanfilippo Family Professor, Biology & Public Health


B.S. – Biology, Roanoke College

Ph.D. – Molecular Biology, University of Virginia

Postdoctoral research – Stanford University

Research Interests

My research is focused on genomic analysis of the acquisition and evolution of antibiotic resistance in commensal and pathogenic bacteria associated with humans, particularly E. coli. Antibiotic resistance is a growing public health problem, and understanding how potential pathogens acquire resistance is of biological, epidemiological, and medical significance.

Recent Grants

2018 - 2021 - Principle Investigator, National Institutes of Health R15 grant: Exploring genomic diversity in commensal Escherichia coli.

2008 - 2013 - Principle Investigator, National Science Foundation RUI grant: Function of LacI-type transcription factors in Caulobacter crescentus.

Recent Courses Taught

  • BIOL 1C  Systems
  • BIOL 113  Microbiology (with lab)
  • PHSC 1  Introduction to Public Health
  • HNRS 20 Difficult Dialogs - Infectious Diseases and Society

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In the News

March 20, 2024

Craig Stephens was interviewed by Advanced Science News, "Tiny, self-propelled machines might be key to fighting antimicrobial resistance."

Valeriote Goldman Symposium: Public Health & Social Justice