Civil and Environmental Engineering
15 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Email: pmberube at mit.edu
2008 Ph.D. Microbiology. University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2000 B.A. Biology. Colby College, Waterville, ME
Broadly, I am interested in how the physiology of bacteria shapes and is shaped by environmental and ecological processes. As a model organism, Prochlorococcus marinus offers several unique advantages for approaching this question, including a well characterized environment, a collection of several physiologically distinct strains, and the availability of environmental and strain specific sequence data. By integrating these data sets and conducting focused physiological studies in the laboratory, I hope to build a more complete understanding of how Prochlorococcus influences the “metabolism” of the ocean and in turn how biogeochemical processes shape the physiology of Prochlorococcus.
Willm Martens-Habbena, Paul M. Berube, Hidetoshi Urakawa, José R.
de la Torre, David A. Stahl. 2009.
Ammonia oxidation kinetics determine niche separation of nitrifying Archaea and Bacteria.
Martiny AC, Kathuria S, Berube PM. 2009.
Widespread metabolic potential for nitrite and nitrate assimilation among Prochlorococcus ecotypes.
Berube PM, Samudrala R, Stahl DA. 2007.
Transcription of all amoC copies is associated with recovery of Nitrosomonas europaea from ammonia starvation.
Journal of Bacteriology 189(11):3935-3944.
Lisa Y. Stein, Daniel J. Arp, Paul M. Berube, Patrick S. G. Chain, Loren
Hauser, Mike S. M. Jetten, Martin G. Klotz, Frank W. Larimer, Jeanette M.
Norton, Huub J. M. Op den Camp, Maria Shin, Xueming Wei. 2007.
Whole-genome analysis of the ammonia-oxidizing bacterium, Nitrosomonas eutropha C91: implications for niche adaptation.
Environmental Microbiology 9(12):2993-3007.