Ralph S. Tanner

Department of Botany and Microbiology

University of Oklahoma

770 Van Vleet Oval

Norman, OK  73019-6131

Phone:  (405)325-1647

Fax:  (405)325-7619

Internet:  rtanner@ou.edu




            Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Illinois, 1982.

            M.S., Microbiology, University of Illinois, 1977.

            B.S., Microbiology, University of Massachusetts, 1975.




            2001-present    Professor of Microbiology, University of Oklahoma.

            1994-2001       Associate Professor of Microbiology, University of Oklahoma.

            1989-1994       Assistant Professor of Microbiology, University of Oklahoma.

            1986-1989       Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma.

            1983-1986       Senior Research Microbiologist, Rohm & Haas Co..

            1982-1983       Research Microbiologist, Celanese Chemical Co., Inc.




            American Society for Microbiology

            American Association for the Advancement of Science

            Sigma Xi

            American Chemical Society

            National Association of Biology Teachers

            American Institute of Biological Sciences

            Society for General Microbiology




            Wellcome Visiting Professor, American Society for Microbiology, 1998.

            Chair, Division of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, ASM. 2001-2002.

            Waksman Foundation for Microbiology Lecturer, ASM, 2004-2006.




Maune, M.W., K.E. Duncan, and R.S. Tanner.  2006.  Classification of the acetogen

strain Mu1 and the reclassification of Moorella thermoautotrophica.  Abst. Ann.

Meet. Am. Soc. Microbiol., R86, p. 590.

Saxena, J., and R.S. Tanner.  2006.  Effect of trace metals on ethanol production by

Clostridium strain P11.  Abst. Ann. Meet. Am. Soc. Microbiol., O6, p. 422.

Tanner, R.S.  2006.  Cultivation of bacteria and fungi, in press.  In J.L. Garland (ed.),

Manual of Environmental Microbiology, 3rd edn.  ASM Press, Washington, DC.

Allen, T.D., P.A. Lawson, M.D. Collins, E. Falsen, and R.S. Tanner.  2006. 

Cloacibacterium normanense gen. nov., sp. nov., a new bacterium in the family Flavobacteriaceae isolated from municipal wastewater.  Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 56:1311-1316.

Wiegel, J., R. Tanner, and F.A. Rainey.  2005.  An introduction to the family

Clostridiaceae, p. 650-673.  In M. Dworkin (ed.), The Prokaryotes, vol. 4,3rd edn. 

Springer, New York.

Tanner, R.S., and J.F. Imhoff.  2005.  Arhodomonas, p. 48-49.  In D.J. Brenner, N.R.

Krieg. and J.T. Staley (ed.), Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, vol. 2,

 2nd edn.  Springer, New York.

Liou, J.S.C., D.L. Balkwill, G.R. Drake, and R.S. Tanner.  2005.  Clostridium

carboxidivorans sp. nov., a solvent-producing clostridium isolated from an

agricultural lagoon, and reclassification of Clostridium scatologenes strain SL1 as

Clostridium drakei sp. nov.  Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 55:2085-2091.

Lewis, R.S., A. Ahmed, B.G. Cateni, R.L. Huhnke, D.D. Bellmer, and R.S. Tanner. 

2005.  Synthesis gas to fermentation ethanol.  Abst. 27th Symp. Biotechnol. Fuels

and Chemicals, Denver.

Tanner, R.S.  2005.  Grass to gas.  Kentucky-Tennessee Regional ASM Meeting.

Lewis, R.S., R.P. Datar, A. Ahmed, B.G. Cateni, R.L. Huhnke, D.D. Bellmer, T.J.

Bowser, and R.S. Tanner.  2004.  Generation of producer gas from biomass

followed by conversion to ethanol and other projects.  Proc. 2nd World Conf.

Technol. Exhibition on Biomass for Energy, Industry and Climate Protection,


Jennings, E.M., and R.S. Tanner.  2004.  The effect of a Bacillus biosurfactant on

methanogenic hexadecane degradation.  Bioremed. J. 8:79-86.

Mehta, M.D., J. Saxena, and R.S. Tanner.  2004.  Enzyme activities in clostridia

producing ethanol from carbon monoxide.  Abst. Ann. Meet. Am. Soc.

Microbiol., O81, p. 74.

Tanner, R.S.  2004.  Biomass in the national energy supply.  Kiwanis Club, Shawnee,


Tanner, R.S.  2004.  Grass to gas.  Kiwanis Club, Norman, Oklahoma.

Tanner, R.S.  2004.  Production of ethanol from carbon monoxide by two new clostridia. 

Sun Grant Initiative Regional Meeting, Oklahoma City.

Lewis, R.S., R.P. Datar, R.S. Tanner, B.G. Cateni, T.J. Bowser, D.D. Bellmer, and R.L.

Huhnke.  2002.  Making the connection-conversion of biomass-generated

producer gas to ethanol.  Abst. Bioenergy, p. 2091-2094.

Liou, S., J.E. McGuire, and R.S. Tanner.  2002.  Conversion of synthesis gas to ethanol

by clostridial strain P7.  Abst. Ann. Meet. Am. Soc. Microbiol., O10, p. 348.

Tanner, R.S.  2002.  Novel microbial fermentations.  Oklahoma State University.

Liou, S., and R.S. Tanner.  2001.  Production of acids and alcohols from CO by

clostridial strain P7.  Abst. Ann. Meet. Am. Soc. Microbiol., O11, p. 533.