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The Ceballos Research Lab and Greenhouse Bay


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The Ceballos Research Lab is a general cell & molecular biology and protein biochemistry laboratory dedicated primarily to the study of host-pathogen interactions with emphasis on virus systems. The lab also maintains space at the BISC Greenhouse for studying fish pathogens and aquaponics systems. Generally, the lab focuses on understanding the evolution of virulence (and attenuation) in dsDNA virus systems across domains of life and using either intact microorganisms or proteins from microbes for biotechnological applications. There are four core research projects and several collaborative projects with both U.S. and international partners. First, the lab studies a common human herpesvirus (HHV6) and its potential role in emergence of epileptogenic and oncogenic precursors. Second, the lab studies the emergence and pathogenicity of fish disease systems in high density aquaculture.  This includes not only studies of viral disease but also polymicrobial infections. Third, the lab isolates, characterizes, and modifies microbes and their proteins for use in biofuels technologies, including the use of thermophilic protein complexes for enhancing bioethanol production and genetically altering microalgae for use in aquaponics technologies and biodiesel production. Fourth, the lab investigates anti-microbial properties of traditional-use/tribal-use plants and their extracts for prevention and treatment of emergent diseases.

In collaboration with Can Tho University and Vietnam National University in Hanoi (Vietnam); Chiang Mai University and Mahasarakham University (Thailand); Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and Universiti Teknologi MARA (Malaysia); and, Bangalore University (India) – the lab is part of a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional Food, Energy, Water, and Ecosystems Research Network focused on research in: Aquatic Biology and Ecosystems Science; Traditional Plants and Natural Products; Biofuel Feedstocks and Enzyme Systems; and, Impacts of Climate Change and Anthropogenic Disturbances on Ecosystems in the Lower Mekong Basin. The lab is responsible for select components on a variety of projects with our international partners.

Dr. Ceballos is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is also a co-director of the Minority Institute Astrobiology Collaborative (MIAC) and a consultant for the Environmental Microbiology and Biochemistry Research Station (EMBRS). Dr. Ceballos is a founding member of the Biofuels Research Collaborative for Microorganisms As Renewable Energy Sources (BRC-MARES) and a member of the Research Advisory Council for the Sivaram Foundation. He is a former NASA MIRS fellow, an Alfred P. Sloan Indigenous Graduate Program graduate, a NSF-IGERT Ph.D. graduate, and a Ford Foundation Fellow. Dr. Ceballos is the founder and director of the Native American Research Laboratory (NARL), which is housed at EMBRS. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, a master’s degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and a Ph.D. in Integrative Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Montana.