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Dr. Jennifer A. Bennett

Department of Biology and Earth Science

Assistant Professor

B.S., La Roche College, 1997
M.S., Duquesne University, 2000
Ph.D., Duquesne University, 2007

Personal Bio
Jennifer performed a teaching post-doctoral fellowship at Juniata College where she was also the principal investigator of her own microbial genetics research laboratory. Her research focuses on the identification of new genes in a pharmacologically important bacterium. Her laboratory has found several new genes that are currently being characterized by Otterbein students.

Research and Teaching Interests
During the past four years, Jennifer has established a new microbial genetics research laboratory. Jennifer continues to work with undergraduate students at Otterbein to study novel developmental genes in a pharmacologically important bacterium. Her research program uses microscopy, genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics and statistics to study the new genes her students have identified. The regulation of antibiotic production and biofilm formation by bacterial signaling pathways are of special interest. Jennifer teaches Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology and Senior Seminar.

Professional Affiliations and Awards

  • La Roche College 50th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Circle
  • Chair, American Society for Microbiology National Science Teaching Fellows Training Program
  • 2013 Nominee for Otterbein University New Teacher of the Year Award
  • Graduate Teaching Award for the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Member, American Society for Microbiology, National and Ohio Branch
  • Member, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


  • Hull, T.D.*, Min-Hyung Ryu, M. J. Sullivan*, N.T. Klena*, R.C. Johnson*, R.M. Geiger, M. Gomelsky and J.A. Bennett. 2012. C-di-GMP Phosphodiesterases RmdA and RmdB are Involved in Regulating Colony Morphology and Development in Streptomyces coelicolor. J. Bacteriology. 194:4642-51.
  • Bennett, J. A. and J. R. McCormick. Identification of novel developmental genes using a high efficiency in vivo transposon system in Streptomyces coelicolor. Manuscript in final revision prior to submission to J. Bacteriology.
  • Bennett, J.A. Successfully Combining Start-up Faculty Research with Undergraduate Research. Fall 2010. Invited article published in CURQ Focus on the Web. 31:1-4.
  • Bennett, J. A., J. Yarnall^, A. B. Cadwallader*, R. Kuennen*, P. Bidey*, B. Stadelmaier*, and J. R. McCormick. 2009. Medium-dependent phenotypes of Streptomyces coelicolor with mutations in ftsI or ftsW. J. Bacteriology. 191:661-664.
  • Bennett, J. A., R. M. Aimino* and J. R. McCormick. 2007. Streptomyces coelicolor genes ftsL and divIC play a role in cell division, but are dispensable for colony formation. J. Bacteriology. 189:8982-8992.
  • Bennett, J. A. and J. R. McCormick. 2001. Two new loci affecting cell division identified as suppressors of an ftsQ-null mutation in Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2). FEMS Microbiology Letters. 202:251-256.
  • (*Indicates Undergraduate Co-Authors and ^ Master of Science Student Co-Author)

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