Colleen M. Cavanaugh

Colleen M. Cavanaugh

Edward C. Jeffrey Professor of Biology
Associate of Leverett House
Colleen M. Cavanaugh

My research primarily involves the study of symbioses of bacteria in marine invertebrates from deep-sea hydrothermal vents, methane seeps, and coastal reducing sediments. Specific emphasis is placed on the characterization of metabolic and genetic capabilities of symbionts, evolutionary relationships with free-living bacteria, and co-evolution of host and symbiont.

Recent Publications


Boller, AJ, PJ Thomas, CM Cavanaugh, KM Scott. Isotopic Discrimination and Kinetic parameters of RubisCO from the Marine Bloom-Forming Diatom, Skeletonema Costatum. Geobiol 2015 13: 33-43.

Liao, L, SD Wankel, M Wu, CM Cavanaugh, PR Girguis. Characterizing the plasticity of nitrogen metabolism by the host and symbionts of the hydrothermal vent chemoautotrophic symbioses Ridgeia piscesae. 2014 Mol Ecol 23: 1544-57.

Fontanez, KM, CM Cavanaugh. Evidence for horizontal transmission from multilocus phylogeny of deep-sea mussel (Mytilidae) symbionts. 2014 Environ Microbiol 16: 3608-21.

Belzer, C, GK Gerber, G Roeselers, M Delaney, A DuBois, Q Liu, V Belavusava, et al. Dynamics of the microbiota in response to host infection. 2014 PLoS One 9: e95534.

Dmytrenko, O, SL Russell, WT Loo, KM Fontanez, L Liao, G Roeselers, R Sharma, et al. The genome of the intracellular bacterium of the coastal bivalve, Solemya velum: a blueprint for thriving in and out of symbiosis. 2014 BMC Genomics 15: 924.

Stewart FJ, Cavanaugh CM. Intragenomic Variation and Evolution of the Internal Transcribed Spacer of the rRNA Operon in Bacteria. J Mol Evol. 2007 Jul;65(1):44-67.

Lau E, Ahmad A, Steudler PA, Cavanaugh CM. Molecular characterization of methanotrophic communities in forest soils that consume atmospheric methane.FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 2007 Jun;60(3):490-500.

Newton IL, Woyke T, Auchtung TA, Dilly GF, Dutton RJ, Fisher MC, Fontanez KM, Lau E, Stewart FJ, Richardson PM, Barry KW, Saunders E, Detter JC, Wu D, Eisen JA, Cavanaugh CM. The Calyptogena magnifica chemoautotrophic symbiont genome. Science. 2007 Feb 16;315(5814):998-1000.

Scott KM, Cavanaugh CM. CO2 uptake and fixation by endosymbiotic chemoautotrophs from the bivalve Solemya velum. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2007 Feb;73(4):1174-9.

Stewart FJ, Cavanaugh CM. Bacterial endosymbioses in Solemya (Mollusca: Bivalvia)--model systems for studies of symbiont-host adaptation. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek. 2006 Nov;90(4):343-60. Review.

DeChaine EG, Bates AE, Shank TM, Cavanaugh CM. Off-axis symbiosis found: Characterization and biogeography of bacterial symbionts of Bathymodiolus mussels from Lost City hydrothermal vents. Environ Microbiol. 2006 Nov;8(11):1902-12.

Duperron S, Bergin C, Zielinski F, Blazejak A, Pernthaler A, McKiness ZP, DeChaine E, Cavanaugh CM, Dubilier N. A dual symbiosis shared by two mussel species, Bathymodiolus azoricus and Bathymodiolus puteoserpentis (Bivalvia: Mytilidae), from hydrothermal vents along the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Environ Microbiol.2006 Aug;8(8):1441-7.

Auchtung TA, Takacs-Vesbach CD, Cavanaugh CM. 16S rRNA phylogenetic investigation of the candidate division "Korarchaeota". Appl Environ Microbiol. 2006 Jul;72(7):5077-82.

DeChaine EG, Cavanaugh CM. Symbioses of methanotrophs and deep-sea mussels (Mytilidae: Bathymodiolinae). Prog Mol Subcell Biol. 2006;41:227-49.

Stewart FJ, Cavanaugh CM. Symbiosis of thioautotrophic bacteria with Riftia pachyptila. Prog Mol Subcell Biol. 2006;41:197-225. Review.

Tomitani A, Knoll AH, Cavanaugh CM, Ohno T. The evolutionary diversification of cyanobacteria: molecular-phylogenetic and paleontological perspectives. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Apr 4;103(14):5442-7.

Contact Information

Biological Labs, Rm. 2029
16 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-495-2177