Cameron Thrash, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Southern CaliforniaCameron Thrash’s website

Cameron Thrash is an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Southern California. His laboratory focuses on investigating the ecology and metabolism of aquatic microorganisms by integrating cultivation, physiology and comparative (meta)genomics. He has a B.S in biology from the University of California, San Diego and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation research in the lab of Dr. John Coates included bioelectrochemical stimulation and isolation of microorganisms that could reductively respire perchlorate and microbial anaerobic oxidation of Fe(II) and U(IV). Thrash received an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with Dr. Stephen Giovannoni at Oregon State University on the evolution and genomics of SAR11, the most abundant marine bacteria. He was an assistant professor at Louisiana State University from 2013 to 2018, where his laboratory initiated investigation of the microbial ecology of hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River and Louisiana coastal sites. Using high-throughput dilution-based cultivation, the Thrash laboratory has also isolated hundreds of marine and estuarine microorganisms. In 2019, Dr. Thrash moved his laboratory to the University of Southern California, where his lab continues to study the roles of microorganisms in coastal and open ocean systems using a combination of experimental physiology and comparative ‘omics’ techniques.

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