Chris Corzett

Postdoctoral Associate


  • Ph.D., Molecular Biology, University of Southern California, 2012.
  • B.S., General Biology, U.C. San Diego, 2005.

Research Summary

I am interested in how microbes survive and thrive in diverse and dynamic environments. This includes understanding how bacteria sense and respond to environmental change, the metabolic machinery required for different feeding strategies, and how microbes adapt and evolve various lifestyles.

My research is aimed at understanding how bacteria feed on sugars found in seaweeds in hopes of developing alternative and renewable sources of energy. Marine macroalgae are not only vital players in coastal ecosystems and the global carbon cycle, but also offer a promising potential as a feedstock for biofuel production. If we can determine how bacteria digest various algal polysaccharides in natural environments we might be able to harness their enzymatic capabilities and engineer bacteria that efficiently convert seaweed into bioethanol.


Corzett CH, Goodman MF, Finkel SE. Competitive fitness during feast and famine: how SOS DNA polymerases influence physiology and evolution in Escherichia coli. Genetics. 2013. 194(2):409-20.

Corzett TH, Eldridge AM, Knaack JS, Corzett CH, McCutchen-Maloney SL and Chromy BA. Multivariate statistical analysis of diverse strains of Yersinia pestis by comparative proteomics. J. Proteomics Bioinform. 2013. 6:202-8.

Chromy BA, Choi MW, Murphy GA, Gonzales AD, Corzett CH, Chang BC, Fitch JP, McCutchen-Maloney SL. Proteomic characterization of Yersinia pestis virulence. J Bacteriol. 2005. 187:8172-80.

Chromy BA, Gonzales AD, Perkins J, Choi MW, Corzett MH, Chang BC, Corzett CH, McCutchen-Maloney SL. Proteomic analysis of human serum by two-dimensional differential gel electrophoresis after depletion of high-abundant proteins. J Proteome Res. 2004. 3:1120-27.