Anne K. Dunn

Assistant Professor, Microbial Molecular Biology and Physiology
Molecular Basis of Host-Microbe Interactions

Dr. Anne Dunn
Dr. Anne Dunn



Anne K. Dunn
712 George Lynn Cross Hall
Office Phone: 405-325-6302


Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Georgia, Department of Microbiology, 2003-2007.
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of Bacteriology, 2002.


I am interested in the natural beneficial interactions between bacteria and hosts, and how these interactions contribute to the health and development of the host.  My current research focus is to better understand the role of bacterial respiratory pathways in host-microbe relationships using genetic approaches.  The model system I use for these studies is the light organ symbiosis between the bacterium Vibrio fischeri and the Hawaiian bobtail squid Euprymna scolopes.


Vibrio fischeri
Figure 1. An adult bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes), the host squid that displays the Vibrio-mediated light reaction.Figure 2. Vibrio fischeri colonies on an agar plate under normal light (left) and in the dark (right), demonstrating bioluminescence production. (Credit: J. W. Hastings through E. G. Ruby)


  1. Dunn, A.K. and E.V. Stabb. 2007. Beyond quorum sensing: the complexities of prokaryotic parliamentary procedures. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 387:391-398. (PDF)
  2. Peterson, S.B., A.K. Dunn, A.K. Klimowicz, and J. Handelsman. 2006. Peptidoglycan from Bacillus cereus mediates commensalism with rhizosphere bacteria from the Cytophaga-Flavobacterium group. Appl. Environ. Microbio. 72:5421-5427. (PDF)
  3. Dunn, A.K., D. S. Millikan, D.S. Adin, J.L. Bose, and E.V. Stabb. 2006. New rfp- and pES213-derived tools for analyzing symbiotic Vibrio fischeri reveal patterns of infection and lux expression in situ. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 72:802-810. (PDF)
  4. Dunn, A.K. and E.V. Stabb. 2005. Culture-independent characterization of the microbiota of the antlion Myrmeleon mobilis (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae). Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 71(12):8784-8794. (PDF)
  5. Dunn, A.K., M.O. Martin, and E.V. Stabb. 2005. Characterization of pES213, a small mobilizable plasmid from Vibrio fischeri. Plasmid. 54:114-134. (PDF)
  6. Ruby, E.G, M. Urbanowski, J. Campbell, A. Dunn, M. Faini, R. Gunsalus, P. Lostroh, C. Lupp, J. McCann, D. Millikan, A. Schaefer, E. Stabb, A. Stevens, K. Visick, C. Whistler, and E.P. Greenberg. 2005. Complete genome sequence of Vibrio fischeri: a symbiotic bacterium with pathogenic congeners. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 102(8):3004-3009. (PDF)
  7. Dunn, A.K., A.K. Klimowicz, and Jo Handelsman. 2003. Use of a promoter trap to identify Bacillus cereus genes regulated by tomato seed exudate and a rhizosphere resident, Pseudomonas aureofaciens. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 69(2):1197-1205.
  8. Dunn, A.K., and Jo Handelsman. 2002. Toward an understanding of microbial communities through analysis of communication networks. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. 81(1-4):565-574.
  9. Dunn, A.K., and Jo Handelsman. 1999. A vector for promoter trapping in Bacillus cereus. Gene. 226:297-305.

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