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Gregory J Phillips

Gregory Phillips
Gregory Phillips

M.A., Ph.D.

Vet Microbiology & Preventive Medicine
(515) 294-1525
202 VMRI Bldg 6
Expertise / Research Area

Antibiotic persistence in bacterial pathogens

Genomics and metagenomics

Development of genetic tools for use in select agent bacteria

Bacterial membrane protein localization


Micro 402/502 Microbial Genetics and Genomics

Micro 440 Laboratory in Microbial Physiology and Genetics (with Dr. Larry Halverson)


Southern Illinois University, B.A., M.A.

University of Georgia, Ph.D.

Princeton University, Post-doctoral


Selected Publications


Kuehn, JS, Gorden PJ, Munro D, Rong R, Dong Q, Plummer PJ, Wang C, Phillips GJ. Bacterial community profiling of milk sampls as a means to understand culture-negative bovine clinical mastitis. PLoS One. 2013 Apr 25;8(4):e61959. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0061959.

Slattery A, Victorsen AH, Brown A, Hillman K, Phillips GJ. Isolation of high persistent mutants in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium reveals a new toxin-antitoxin module. J Bacteriol. 2013 Feb;195(4):647-57. doi: 10.1128/JB.01397-12. PMID: 23204462.

Ariosa AR, Duncan SS, Saraogi I, Lu X, Brown A, Phillips GJ, Shan SO.  Fingerloop activates cargo delivery and unloading during co-translational protein targeting. Mol Biol Cell. 2013 Jan;24(2):63-73. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E12-06-0434. PMID: 23135999.


Mullins MA, Register KB, Bayles DO, Dyer DW, Kuehn JS, Phillips GJ. Genome sequence of Haemophilus parasuis strain 29755. Stand Genomic Sci. 2011 Oct 15;5(1):61-8. PubMed PMID: 22180811; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC3236040.

Oster CJ, Phillips GJ. Vectors for ligation-independent construction of lacZ gene fusions and cloning of PCR products using a nicking endonuclease. Plasmid.  2011 Sep;66(3):180-5. PubMed PMID: 21854804; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3220417.

Duncan S, Sirkanungo R, Miller L, Phillips GJ. DraGnET: software for storing,  managing and analyzing annotated draft genome sequence data. BMC Bioinformatics.  2010 Feb 22;11:100. PubMed PMID: 20175920; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3098051.

Mullins MA, Register KB, Bayles DO, Loving CL, Nicholson TL, Brockmeier SL, Dyer DW, Phillips GJ. Characterization and comparative analysis of the genes encoding Haemophilus parasuis outer membrane proteins P2 and P5. J Bacteriol. 2009 Oct;191(19):5988-6002. Epub 2009 Jul 24. PubMed PMID: 19633080; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2747881.

Peterson JM, Phillips GJ. Characterization of conserved bases in 4.5S RNA of Escherichia coli by construction of new F' factors. J Bacteriol. 2008 Dec;190(23):7709-18. Epub 2008 Sep 19. PubMed PMID: 18805981; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2583608.

Peterson J, Phillips GJ. New pSC101-derivative cloning vectors with elevated copy numbers. Plasmid. 2008 May;59(3):193-201. Epub 2008 Mar 4. PubMed PMID:18295880; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2435062.



Editorial Board of Plasmid (2009-present)

Editorial Board of Journal of Bacteriology (2010-present)

Editorial Board of EcoSal (2013-present)

Alternate Councilor, Division H, American Society for Microbiology 

Biotechnology Council, Iowa State University (2004-2007)

Vice chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee (2008-present) 

Honors & Awards

Pfizer award for research excellence in veterinary medicine (2005)


American Society for Microbiology

American Association for the Advancement of Science