Jonathan Awaya, Associate Professor
- B.S., Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa
- Ph.D., Molecular Biosciences & Bioengineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa
- NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Notre Dame
- Fundamentals of Microbiology (BIOL 275 & 275L)
- Biology of Microorganisms (BIOL 375 & 375L)
- Research Techniques in Molecular Conservation Biology (CBES 620)
My research interest is in the field of molecular microbiology. Our lab investigates the role of microorganisms in biogeochemical processes, bioremediation and the biosynthesis of unique secondary metabolites.
- Dehner C., J. Awaya, P. Maurice, J. DuBois. (2010). Roles of siderophores, oxalate, and reductant in Iron mobilization from hematite by aerobic Pseudomonas mendocina. Applied Environmental Microbiology 76, 2041-2048.
- J. Awaya & J. DuBois. (2008). Identification and isolation of gene clusters involved in iron acquisition by Pseudomonas mendocina ymp. Biometals. 21, 353-66.
- J. Awaya, P. Tittabutr, Q. Li, & D. Borthakur. (2008). Pyruvate carboxylase is involved in metabolism of mimosine to 3-hydroxy-4-pyridone by Rhizobium sp. strain TAL1145. Archives of Microbiology. 190, 409-15.
- P. Tittabutr, J. Awaya, Q. Li, & D. Borthakur. (2008). The cloned 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate (ACC) deaminase gene from Sinorhizobium sp. strain BL3 in Rhizobium sp. strain TAL1145 promotes nodulation and growth of Leucaena leucocephala. Systemic and Applied Microbiology. 31, 141-50.
- J. Awaya, C. Walton, & D. Borthakur. (2007). The pydA–pydB fusion gene produces an active dioxygenase–hydrolase that degrades 3-hydroxy-4-pyridone, an intermediate of mimosine metabolism. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 75, 583–588.
- J. Awaya, P. Fox, & D. Borthakur. (2005) pyd genes of Rhizobium sp. strain TAL1145 are required for degradation of 3-hydroxy-4-pyridone, an aromatic intermediate in mimosine metabolism. J. Bacteriology. 187, 4480-4487.
- J. Awaya, P. Fox, & D. Borthakur. (2003). Genes encoding a fructose-1,6-bisphosphate aldolase and a fructose-1,6- bisphosphatase are present within the gene cluster for mimosine degradation in Rhizobium sp. strain TAL1145. Plant and Soil. 257, 11-18.
- S. Campbell, D. Paquin, J. Awaya, & Q. Li. (2002). Remediation of benzo[a]pyrene and chrysene contaminated soil with industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa). International Journal of Phytoremediation. 4,157-168.