In the last 24 months: 76 co-authors from 56 institutions in 15 countries (list available). A partial list follows:
Kenneth W. Ford

Graduate Mentors

S. Granick (Deceased), Rockefeller U, NYC

Sam Granick’s admonition to David when David was earning his PhD with Sam:

“Enjoy doing science everyday. Most of what you do will be forgotten. If you make a truly significant contribution, it will go into the text books and everyone will think it has always been known.”

Mauzerall, David, Rockefeller U, NYC

Also see DCW's comments about David Mauzerall in an interview.

Graduate Students & Post Docs Advised


Jonas S. Alameida

Finished his Ph.D. from Portugal did post-Doctoral work introducing Artificial neural network analysis here now at Medical College of South Carolina.

View his Curriculum Vitae


Peter Angell

From England. Worked on microbial corrosion and taught scuba diving and photography here. Now works at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River Ontario, K0J 1J0, 613-584-8811 +6065, Fax 613-584-9433,


Robert S. Burkhalter

In 1997 Robert came to work with us (from the Chemistry Department at Alabama) to begin developing liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry. He moved on the run the mass spectrometry lab at Bausch and Lomb in upstate New York. In 1988 our great discovery of a unique biomarker in Cryptosporidium oocysts turned out to be a contaminant in the talc used latex gloves—we were able to retract our exciting claims and proposals with no harm done.

  Chen, G.

PhD, Vapor Technologies, Inc., CO

N.J.E. Dowling

Nick came from John Parkes lab in Scotland where he had been working on fatty acids of sulfate reducing bacteria. At IAM learned Microbially Facilitated Corrosion and did wonderful work. We went to Valencia Spain, and Cambridge University together and to the first Alvin Fox hosted Analytical Chemistry Congress in Charleston SC. Nick had a messy divorce and trouble with immigration and had to leave. He and Jon had plans to set up a consulting company within IAM and prosper. Nick gave up his involvement with microbes and concentrated on his work with electrochemical corrosion. He has since married again and has twins and lives in France with twin daughters near Jon Guezennec near Brest.


Roland Geyer

Roland Geyer is the current Post-Doctoral fellow. His Curriculum Vitae is in the web site.


Paul E. Goldenbaum

Director of research at Becton Dickson
54 Loveton Cr, MSC 912
Sparkes, MD 21152

  Jean S. Harron

J.M. Henson

Worked with Paul H Smith at the University of Florida, the methane man. Now manages a bioremediation company in Greenville, South Carolina

George C. Hill PhD

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology;
Levi Watkins, Jr. Professor for Diversity in Medical Education,
Associate Dean for Diversity in Medical Education
Department: Microbiology and Immunology,
(615) 343-0437
(615) 322-7498
Fax: (615) 343-8397

Post doctoral fellow studied respiratory pigments of Crithidia a trympanosome, With George we integrated Lexington Kentucky’s housing.


Iona A. Ivanova

Came from Romania on an NSF fellowship to work with John Stephens.


Gale H. Joyce

Studied what inhibition of carotenoid biosynthesis in Staphylococcu aureus did to growth and metabolism.

  S Kehrmeyer


P. D. Keyser

Spent a short time with the lab then left for the FBI…


J.R. Lane

Student of Bill Mayberry, went on to get MS in computer science and works in adjacent building on spook electronic projects for the DoD.


Kam Tin Leung

Came from Jack Trevors lab in Guelph Ontariov. He was a fellow student with Cissy Flemming who took over from Sarah Macnaughton, and they worked applying genetic and lipid biomarlers to pollution problems. Kam worked primarily on Sphingomonas. He left to marry Heidy who had a job in Quelph. They finally got jobs in the same city Thunder Bay Ontario.


Thomas T. Lillich

Professor of oral biology and assistant dean Univ. Kentucky college of Dentistry

Worked on glycerol requiring mutants to study the place pf lipid biosynthesis in membrane formation.


J.S. Lou, "Rolly"

Microbially Influenced corrosion


C.F.S. Low

Worked on extracelllular polymers in microbial mats. He now works in U S patent office.


Cory A. Lytle

Through Bob Burkhalter we contacted Cory who was also from the Timkovich Mass spectrometry laboratory at Alabama who joined us in 1998. Cory a remarkably productive in the application of electrospray ionization and when our tandem Mass spectrometer arrived he developed methods for intact phospholipids, respiratory quinone isoprenologues, diglycerides and was just starting in sterols when he had his salary tripled to go with Thermofinnigan in Florida as the educator for their new quantum accurate mass tandem system. Through Cory we began our collaboration with Gary van Berkel at Oak Ridge.


Sarah J. Macnaughton

Started at Microbial Insights then transferred to the Center. She organized and ran projects, helped Aaron with his thesis, married Dale (at out home) and returned to the UK She is now National Environment Technology Centre, AEA Technology Environment, Culham, Abingdon, Oxford again doing her wonderful organizing.

Al T. Mikell Jr.

Moved the part of the lab from FSU to Y-12 at ORNL before I came to Tennessee. He with Tom Phelps and Glen Smith from the Skip Livingston Lab at FSU and organized our trips to the Antarcti. Then Glen managed the NSF lab at McMurdo and then at Palmer Station. He is now Academic Program Manager, at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


Guillermo E. Napolitano

Worked on periphyton here then went on to work at ESD ORNL until 1999. Now works for Nestle R&D, 809 Collins Ave., Marysville Ohio, 43040 and he lives at 5986 Abbey church Rd. Dublin OH 43017.

Peter D. Nichols

Probably the most productive person I have ever worked with. He produced 30 + papers in the three years he worked with us on diverse subjects and generated many of the best methods many of which we still use. He and Glen Smith were brilliant under the ice divers in Antarctica. Anna Palmisano has a wonderful picture of Peter au natural leaping into McMurdo sound (not wimpy Lake Vanda in the dry valleys which is fresh water and 0.4o Warmer) Despite valiant efforts to keep him he scooped up Carol Mancuso and left for Oz in 1986.


Jaap J. J. Olie

Worked on HPLC on corticoids at FSU Bicyclist 6’4” thin now with GeoDelft, Chlorofluorocompounds in Groundwater I met him again at Battelle in Orlando in 2003.


Yoshie Ono

Found specific phospholipase D that allowed us to establish that the two glycerols in cardiolipin in Haemophilus had differential rates of turnover whilst the concentration remained the same in the membranes during exponential growth. This was a part of our finding that the different parts of the phospholipids in several bacteria had different turnovers but maintained the same total concentrations during exponential growth. We were also able to demonstrate that there was a very rapidly turning over fraction of cardiolipin but could find no function for this careful and continuous reformation of different parts of the lipids.


R.J. Palmer

Came set up the Center for biofilm Imaging did splendid work and now is on the staff of the National Dental Institute Robert is an active member of Paul Kolenbrander’s research group


Tommy J. Phelps

Associated with the Institute for Applied Microbiology and moved to ORNL.

  H.C. Pinkart

PhD Univ. Central Washington

Paul H. Ray (from Tom Brock’s lab in Wisconsin)

Paul Retired from running the Fermentation systems at Boroughs Welcome at Research Triangle Park and lives in Cary, NC
Paul & Sue Ray
429 Broadcliff Lane
Cary, NC 27511
919 467 0687

First to study metabolism in this hyper thermophile and studied the lipid shifts in Thermus aquaticus and showed how changes occurred with temperature. Too bad we never thought of looking into how it made DNA.

  James F. Rice


Jurgen Schmitt

Came for a period to work on FTIR from Hans-Curt Flemming’s laboratory now works at Heidelberg University using FTIR to identify bacteria.


Steve J. Schropp

After working at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for six years, moved to Jacksonville, FL in 1991 to work as an environmental scientist at Taylor Engineering. Became Director of the environmental services group for a while and as of 2007, still in Jacksonville as a Vice President at Taylor Engineering.

  C.A. Smith


Anders Sonesson

Worked in lipid mass spectroscopy and is now working in Lund Sweden for a pharmaceutical company.


John R. Stephen

Sarah Macnaughton knew John from the Natural History Museum and brought him here in 1997. John had worked with various groups in Aberdeen and Amsterdam developing denaturing gel gradient electrophoresis (DGGE) to separate the amplicons (products) of PCR amplification of rDNA or specific functional genes selected by appropriate primers). John brought this technology to us along with Julia set up or laboratory, Trained Jannet Chang and then set up the functioning system at Microbial Incites. He was remarkably productive but Julia wanted a PhD from the UK and got a fellowship at Warwick. John followed and got a research position at Crop and Weed Department of the Horticulture Research Internatonal working on the genetics of cherry trees. In 2003 he was appointed head Agricultural Section Manager, Australian Genome Research Facility, University of Adelaide, Waite Campus, Davies Bld, PMB1 Glen Osmond, South Australia 5064.


Sue D. Sutton

Worked here after finishing her Bob Findlay at Miami of Ohio. Then came to us and did elegant lipid biomarker analysis whilst she finished her PhD writing (finished in 2000). She is now doing mostly literature and molecular biology a Lilly in Indianapolis.


Anders Tunlid

A student, my principal contact whilst on sabbatical in Lund 1984 then a Post Doctoral Fellow In Tennessee. Now Professor of Ecology and Head of the section of Microbial Ecology,

Brian J. Wilkinson
distinguished professor

Arrived from England with purple socks and worked on Lipids in Micrococcus denitrificans

  J.B. Xavier

PhD, Univ. Lisbon

Manfred Zinn

Manfred Zinn came in 1997 from the Witholt laboratory in Zurich with experience in continuous culture and PHA. He moved on to Ralph Mitchell’s laboratory at Harvard and now works for the Swiss EPA.