James Herrick


Associate Professor
Year Started at JMU: 1998
Contact Info

Research Description

We use molecular, microbiological, and computational methods to study native and introduced bacteria in natural streams and soils. Our main interest is in the lateral transfer of antibiotic resistance and other genes to and among bacteria. We also study pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella and Klebsiella in the environment and are using genomic techniques to study the occurrence and distribution of mobile genetic elements such as plasmids and transposons in these populations. (Extended description)

  • General Microbiology (BIO 245)
  • Laboratory in Bacterial Pathogenomics (BIO 346)
  • Microbial Ecology and Evolution (BIO 453/553)
  • Evolution and Ecology of Infectious Disease (BIO 447/547)
  • PhD in Microbiology, 1995, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • MS in Ecology, 1982, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
  • BS in Botany, 1980, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Select Publications
  • S.K. Jurgensen, J. Harsh, and J.B. Herrick. A CURE for SalmonellaA Laboratory Course in Pathogen Microbiology and Genomics. CourseSource (accepted for publication).
  • Rand H., D. Benisatto, J. Payne, C. Strittmatter, J. Gangiredla, J. Sanders, W. Wolfgang, K. Libuit, J. B. Herrick, M. Prarat, T. Farrell, E. A. Strain. GalaxyTrakr: A Distributed Analysis Tool for Public Health Whole Genome Sequence Data Accessible to Non-Bioinformaticians. BMC Genomics (in press).
  • Herrick, J.B., Haynes, R., Heringa, S., Brooks, J., and Sobota, L. 2014. Co-selection for resistance to multiple late-generation human therapeutic antibiotics encoded on tetracycline resistance plasmids captured from uncultivated stream and soil bacteria. Journal of Applied Microbiology 170:380-389.
  • Heringa, S.D., J. Monroe, and J.B. Herrick. 2007. A simple, rapid method for extracting large plasmid DNA from bacteria. Nature Precedings. DIO: 10.1038/npre.2007.1249.1

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