Brian Lower

Brian Lower
Associate Professor
408B Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Rd., Columbus, OH 43210

Curriculum Vita

Area of Research

Environmental Microbiology


Links to News Articles

Tales from the science fair. Today's researchers reminisce about their first taste of investigation. Mark D. Somerson, Columbus DIspatch. Apr. 29, 2012.

Tricking toxins. Researchers hope bacteria can keep radioactive metals from drinking water. Spencer Hunt, Columbus, Dispatch. Apr. 5, 2009.

Microbes' Toxic Metal-Digestion Secret Revealed. Emily Sohn, Discovery News. Mar. 27, 2009.

Microbes digest, detoxify dangerous metals. Scientists want to put microbes to work cleaning up nuclear waste sites. Emily Sohn. Science on

Microscope reveals how bacteria "breathe" toxic metals. Pam Frost Gorder, OSU Research Communications.

Multiples' choice. Identical twin scientists find faculty careers at Ohio State. Emily Caldwell, OSU onCampus. Jan 21, 2009.

Courses Offered

Introduction to Environmental Science (ENR 2100)

Soil and Environmental Biochemistry (ENR 6610)

Selected Publications (Last 5 Years)

Zachery Oestreicher, Carmen Valverde-Tercedor, Lijun Chen, Concepcion Jimenez-Lopez, Dennis A. Bazylinski, Nadia N. Casillas-Ituarte, Steven K. Lower and Brian H. Lower (2012).  Magnetosomes and magnetite crystals produced by magnetotactic bacteria as resolved by atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy.  Micron 43:1331-1335.

Nadia N. Casillas-Ituarte, Brian H. Lower, Supaporn Lamlertthon, Vance G. Fowler and Steven K. Lower (2012) Dissociation rate constants of human fibronectin binding to fibronectin-binding proteins on living Staphylococcus aureus isolated from clinical patients,” Journal of Biological Chemistry 287:6693-6701.
Steven K. Lower, Nadia Casillas-Ituarte, Supaporn Lamlertthon, Roberto Lins, Ruchirej Yongsunthon, Eric Taylor, Alex DiBartola, Catherine Edmonson, Lauren McIntyre, Brian H. Lower, and Vance Fowler (2011). “Polymorphisms in fibronectin binding protein A of Staphylococcus aureus are associated with infection of cardiovascular devices,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108:18372-18377.

Brian H. Lower and Steven K. Lower (2011).  “Force Spectroscopy of Mineral-Microbe Bonds.” In Life at the Nanoscale: Atomic Force Microscopy of Live Cells, p. 301-316.  Edited by Yves F. Dufrene. Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing Pte Ltd.

Brian H. Lower (2010).  “Antibody Recognition Force Microscopy (Ig-RFM) to Identify and Map the Nanoscale Distribution of Protein Molecules on the Surface of Live Microorganisms.” In Microscopy: Science, Technology, Applications and Education, p. 507-514.  Edited by A. Mendez-Vilas and J. Diaz. Badajoz, Spain: Formatex Research Center.

Steven K. Lower, Ruchirej Yongsunthon, Alex C. DiBartola, Brian H. Lower, Andrew W. Buck, and Vance G. Fowler (2010).  “A Tactile Response in Staphylococcus aureus,” Biophysical Journal 99:2803-2811.

Lijun Chen, Dennis A. Bazylinski, and Brian H. Lower (2010).  “Bacteria that Synthesize Nano-Sized Compasses to Navigate using Earth’s Geomagnetic Field,” Nature Knowledge 1(10):14.

Lumarie Pérez-Guzmán, Kyle R. Bogner, and Brian H. Lower (2010).  “Earth’s Ferrous Wheel,” Nature Knowledge 1(10):8.

Brian H. Lower, Ruchirej Yongsunthon, Liang Shi, Linda Wildling, Hermann J. Gruber, Catherine L. Reardon, Grigoriy E. Pinchuk, Nicholas S. Wigginton, Timothy C. Droubay, Jean-François Boily, and Steven K. Lower (2009).  “Antibody-Recognition Force Microscopy shows that Outer Membrane Cytochromes OmcA and MtrC are Expressed on the Exterior Surface of Shewanella oneidensis MR-1,” Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75:2931-2935.

Saumyaditya Bose, Michael F. Hochella Jr., Yuri A. Gorby, David W. Kennedy, Dave E. McCready, Andrew Madden, and Brian H. Lower (2009).  “Bioreduction of Hematite Nanoparticles by the Dissimilatory Iron Reducing Bacterium Shewanella oneidensis MR-1,” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 73:962-976.

Brian H. Lower, Roberto D. Lins, Zachery Oestreicher, Tjerk Straatsma, Michael F. Hochella Jr., Liang Shi, and Steven K. Lower (2008).  In vitro Evolution of a Peptide with a Hematite Binding Motif that may Constitute a Natural Metal-Oxide Binding Archetype,” Environmental Science and Technology 42:3821-3827.

Carrick M. Eggleston, Janos Vörös, Liang Shi, Brian H. Lower, Timothy C. Droubay, Patricia J.S. Colberg. (2008). “Binding and Direct Electrochemistry of OmcA, an Outer-Membrane Cytochrome from Iron Reducing Bacteria, with Oxide Electrodes: A Candidate Microbial Fuel Cell System,” Inorganica Chimica Acta 361: 769-777.

Brian H. Lower, Liang Shi, Ruchirej Yongsunthon, Timothy C. Droubay, David E. McCready, and Steven K. Lower (2007). “Specific Bonds between an Iron Oxide Surface and Outer Membrane Cytochromes MtrC and OmcA from Shewanella oneidensis MR-1,” Journal of Bacteriology 189:4944-4952.

Ruchirej Yongsunthon, Vance Fowler, Jr., Brian H. Lower, F. Paul Vellano III, Emily Alexander, L. Barth Reller, G. Ralph Corey, Steven K. Lower (2007).  “Correlation between Fundamental Binding Forces and Clinical Prognosis of Staphylococcus aureus Infections of Medical Implants,” Langmuir 23:2289-2292.

Nicholas S. Wigginton, Kevin M. Rosso, Brian H. Lower, Liang Shi, and Michael F. Hochella, Jr. (2007). “Electron Tunneling Properties of Outer-Membrane Decaheme Cytochromes from Shewanella oneidensis,” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71:543-555.