Michael P. Shiaris, B.S. M.S. Ph.D.

University Of Massachusetts - Boston

University Of Massachusetts - Boston
Phone: (617) 287-6675
Fax: (617) 287-6650


michael.shiaris@umb.edu

Michael P. Shiaris, B.S. M.S. Ph.D.

University Of Massachusetts - Boston

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Professor, College of Science and Math, University Of Massachusetts - Boston

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

My research group focuses on the microbial ecology of disease-causing bacteria and environmental indicators of fecal contamination. We use DNA fingerprinting methods including denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) and metagenomic approaches to characterize the biodiversity and population dynamics of these bacteria in nature. Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecalis and Vibrio parahaemolyticus are three of the bacteria that we study. One connection to cancer research is to understand why some bacteria display selective replication or preferential accumulation in the tumor microenvironment. This has potential value in the treatment of malignant tissue. In addition to this research role, I am a former member of the UMass Boston-DF/HCC NIH U56 grant (Health Disparities) steering committee.

Publications

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  • Yasuda M, Shiaris MP. Differentiation of bacterial strains by thermal gradient gel electrophoresis using non-GC-clamped PCR primers for the 16S-23S rDNA intergenic spacer region. FEMS Microbiol Lett 2005; 243:235-42. PubMed
  • Berardesco G, Dyhrman S, Gallagher E, Shiaris MP. Spatial and temporal variation of phenanthrene-degrading bacteria in intertidal sediments. Appl Environ Microbiol 1998; 64:2560-5. PubMed
  • Yang Y, Chen RF, Shiaris MP. Metabolism of naphthalene, fluorene, and phenanthrene: preliminary characterization of a cloned gene cluster from Pseudomonas putida NCIB 9816. J Bacteriol 1994; 176:2158-64. PubMed
  • Macgillivray AR, Shiaris MP. Relative Role of Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Microorganisms in Phenanthrene Transformation in Coastal Sediments. Appl Environ Microbiol 1994; 60:1154-1159. PubMed
  • MacGillivray AR, Shiaris MP. Biotransformation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by yeasts isolated from coastal sediments. Appl Environ Microbiol 1993; 59:1613-8. PubMed
  • Epstein SS, Shiaris MP. Rates of Microbenthic and Meiobenthic Bacterivory in a Temperate Muddy Tidal Flat Community. Appl Environ Microbiol 1992; 58:2426-2431. PubMed
  • Shiaris MP. Seasonal Biotransformation of Naphthalene, Phenanthrene, and Benzo[a]pyrene in Surficial Estuarine Sediments. Appl Environ Microbiol 1989; 55:1391-1399. PubMed
  • Shiaris MP, Rex AC, Pettibone GW, Keay K, McManus P, Rex MA, Ebersole J, Gallagher E. Distribution of indicator bacteria and Vibrio parahaemolyticus in sewage-polluted intertidal sediments. Appl Environ Microbiol 1987; 53:1756-61. PubMed
  • Pettibone GW, Sullivan SA, Shiaris MP. Comparative survival of antibiotic-resistant and -sensitive fecal indicator bacteria in estuarine water. Appl Environ Microbiol 1987; 53:1241-5. PubMed
  • Shiaris MP, Cooney JJ. Replica Plating Method for Estimating Phenanthrene-Utilizing and Phenanthrene-Cometabolizing Microorganisms. Appl Environ Microbiol 1983; 45:706-710. PubMed
  • Sayler GS, Sherrill TW, Perkins RE, Mallory LM, Shiaris MP, Pedersen D. Impact of Coal-Coking Effluent on Sediment Microbial Communities: a Multivariate Approach. Appl Environ Microbiol 1982; 44:1118-1129. PubMed
  • Sayler GS, Shiaris MP, Beck W, Held S. Effects of polychlorinated biphenyls and environmental biotransformation products on aquatic nitrification. Appl Environ Microbiol 1982; 43:949-52. PubMed
  • Shiaris MP, Sherrill TW, Sayler GS. Tenax-GC Extraction Technique for Residual Polychlorinated Biphenyl and Polyaromatic Hydrocarbon Analysis in Biodegradation Assays. Appl Environ Microbiol 1979; 39:165-171. PubMed
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