Dr. José de Ondarza
Professor OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Medical Technology Program Coordinator
With my background in animal physiology and signal transduction in protozoa, I have always had an interest in cellular communication and interactions. In my current role as a microbiologist, I have become increasingly fascinated with the versatility of microorganisms, and truly enjoy teaching and research in this discipline. The immensely positive impact of bacteria and other microbes is often underappreciated amidst the many news stories of disease outbreaks. My current research focuses on ways that bacteria utilize pigments to their advantage, as well as means of oxidative stress defense. Other areas of research interest include contamination of water coolers and fiber breakdown by microbes.