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Shannon Pipes

Title: Instructional Faculty
Department: Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Sumwalt, Room 304
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  • BIOL 250 (Microbiology)
  • BIOL 250L (Microbiology Laboratory)
  • BIOL 550L (Bacteriology Laboratory)


As a graduate student at USC, Shannon's research heavily focused on the genomic distribution as well as the virulence capabilities of environmentally derived Vibrio strains of bacteria. Vibrios have a very large impact on the ecology of estuarine and salt mash environments. Shannon studied full genome sequences of various Vibrio species to better understand the core genome and also identified and analyzed pathogenicity islands in environmental Vibrio strains. Along with this, Shannon studied virulence capabilities of these bacterial species by implementing a zebrafish model to study the distribution of virulence in environmental Vibrio vulnificus strains.


Scott, C. H., Horton, C., Brett, C., Palmer, E., Pipes, S., Tufford, D., Sandifer, P. A., DeLorenzo, M., Pennington, P. L., Porter, D. E., Ek, C., Norman, S., & Scott, G. I. (2019). Vibrio Bacteria in Aquatic Ecosystems: Effects of Climate Change on Antibiotic Resistance. Encyclopedia of Water, 1–21.

Hagenbuch I, Pipes SE. 2019. Microbiology Lab, BIOL-250L. Van-Griner, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Klein, S.L.1, Pipes, S.E.1, Lovell, C.R. 2018. Occurrence and significance of pathogenicity and fitness islands in environmental vibrios. Appl. Microbiol Biotech. Express 8(1), 177.

Stropko SJ1, Pipes SE1, and Newman JD. 2014. Genome-based reclassification of Bacillus cibi as a latter heterotypic synonym of Bacillus indicus and emended description of Bacillus indicus. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 64:3804-3809.

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