Ph.D. University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University, 2006
In every milliliter of surface seawater, there are 1 million bacteria and 10 million viruses. Microbes are very diverse, and play important roles in global carbon and nutrient cycling. The Breitbart lab uses molecular techniques (such as metagenomic sequencing) to examine the diversity, distribution, and ecological roles of viruses and bacteria in a wide range of environments - including seawater, marine animals, coral reefs, and reclaimed water.
Parsons, RJ, M Breitbart, MW Lomas, CA Carlson (2012). Ocean time-series reveals recurring seasonal patterns of virioplankton dynamics in the northwestern Sargasso Sea. ISME Journal, 6: 273-284.
Goldsmith, DB, G Crosti, B Dwivedi, LD McDaniel, A Varsani, CA Suttle, MG Weinbauer, RA Sandaa, M Breitbart (2011). Development of phoH as a novel signature gene for assessing marine phage diversity. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 77: 7730-7739.
Ng, TFF, S Duffy, JE Polston, E Bixby, GE Vallad, M Breitbart (2011). Exploring the diversity of DNA plant viruses and their satellites using vector-enabled metagenomics on whiteflies. PLoS ONE. 6: e19050
Daniels, CA, A Zeifman, K Heym, KB Ritchie, CA Watson, I Berzins, M Breitbart (2011). Spatial heterogeneity in bacterial communities in the mucus of Montastraea annularis. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 426: 29-40.
Tucker, KP, R Parsons, EM Symonds, M Breitbart (2011). Diversity and distribution of single-stranded DNA phages in the North Atlantic Ocean. The ISME Journal. 5: 822-830.
Rosario, K, EM Symonds, C Sinigalliano, J Stewart, M Breitbart (2009). Pepper mild mottle virus as an indicator of fecal pollution. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 75: 7261-7267.
Rosario, K, S Duffy, M Breitbart (2009). Diverse circovirus-like genome architectures revealed by environmental metagenomics. Journal of General Virology. 90: 2418 – 2424.
Ng, TFF, W Suedmeyer, E Wheeler, F Gulland, M Breitbart (2009) Novel anellovirus discovered from a mortality event of captive California sea lions. Journal of General Virology. 90: 1256-1261.
Breitbart, M, A Hoare, A Nitti, M Haynes, E Dinsdale, R Edwards, J Siefert, V Souza, F Rohwer, D Hollander (2009). Metagenomic and stable isotopic analyses of modern freshwater microbialites in Cuatro Cienegas, Mexico. Environmental Microbiology. 11: 16-34.