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Bert Ely

Title: Professor, Director of Center for Science Education
Research Concentration - Evolution
Department: Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-2768
Office: CLS, Room 701
Ely Lab Website
Bert Ely


We are studying the genomes of Caulobacter strains isolated from natural sources and the bacteriophages that attack them to understand the roles of genome rearrangements, mutations, and horizontal gene transfer in genome evolution. This project involves the isolation of bacteria and bacteriophages, characterization of the isolates, genome sequencing, and bioinformatics. In addition, a second project involves creating gene knockouts in strains that either stimulate or inhibit plant growth to determine the molecular mechanisms responsible for these bacterial/plant interactions.


Gaddy, L.L., T. H. Carter, B. Ely, S. Sakaguchi, A. Matsuo and Y. Suyama. 2019.  Shortia brevistyla comb. et stat. nov., (Diaspensiaceae), A narrow endemic from the headwaters of the Catawba River in North Carolina, U. S. A. Phytologia 101(2): 101-107.

Berrios, L. and B. Ely. 2019. The isolation and characterization of Kronos, a novel Caulobacter rhizosphere phage that is similar to lambdoid phages. Current Microbiology 76(5):558-565. DOI 10.1007/s00284-019-01656-1

Wilson, K. and B. Ely. 2019. Analyses of four new Caulobacter Phicbkviruses indicate independent lineages. Journal of General Virology 100:321-331. DOI 10.1099/jgv.0.001218

Ely, B., K.Wilson, K. Ross, D. Ingram, T. Lewter, J. Herring, D. Duncan, A. Aikins, and D. Scott. 2018. Genome evolution observed in wild isolates of Caulobacter crescentus. Current Microbiology 76: 159-167.

Berrios, L. and B. Ely. 2018. Achieving accurate sequence and annotation data for Caulobacter vibrioides CB13. Current Microbiology 75(12):1642-1648. DOI: 10.1007/s00284-018-1572-3

Ngyuen, D. and B. Ely. 2017. A genome comparison of T7-like podoviruses that infect Caulobacter crescentus. Current Microbiology 75:760-765.

Ash, K., K. M. Drake, W. S. Gibbs, and B. Ely. 2017. Genomic diversity of type B3 bacteriophages of Caulobacter crescentus. Current Microbiology 74: 779-786. doi: 10.1007/s00284-017-1248-4. [Link]

Scott, D., and B. Ely. 2016. Conservation of the essential genome among Caulobacter and Brevundimonas species. Current Microbiology 72: 503-510. doi: 10.1007/s00284-014-0721-6. [Link]

Callahan C. T., K. M. Wilson, B. Ely. 2016. Characterization of the proteins associated with Caulobacter crescentus bacteriophage CbK particles. Current Microbiology 71: 75-80. doi: 10.1007/s00284-015-0922-7. [Link]

Ely B., W. Gibbs, S. Diez, and K. Ash. 2015. The Caulobacter crescentus transducing phage Cr30 is a unique member of the T4-like family of myophages. Current Microbiology, 70: 854-858. doi: 10.1007/s00284-015-0799-5. [Link]

Patel, S., B. Fletcher, D. C. Scott, and B. Ely. 2015. Genome sequence and phenotypic characterization of Caulobacter segnis. Current Microbiology 70: 355-363. doi: 10.1007/s00284-014-0726-1. [Link]

Ash, K., T. Brown, T. Watford, L. E. Scott, C. Stephens, and B. Ely. 2014. A comparison of the Caulobacter NA1000 and K31 genomes reveals extensive genome rearrangements and differences in metabolic potential. Open Biology 4:140128. doi: 10.1098/rsob.140128. [Link]

Scott, D., and B. Ely. 2015. Comparison of genome sequencing technology and assembly methods for the analysis of a GC-rich bacterial genome. Current Microbiology 70: 338-344. doi: 10.1007/s00284-014-0721-6. [Link]

Ely, B. and L. E. Scott. 2014. Correction of the Caulobacter crescentus NA1000 genome annotation. PLoS ONE 9(3): e91668. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091668. [Link]

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