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Kathryn Docherty

Kathryn DochertyKathryn Docherty
Assistant Professor

Office: (269) 387-5654
Lab: (269) 387-2082

Office: 3159 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5410
Lab: 2009 Haenicke Hall

Mailing Address
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5410 USA

Research interests

Microorganisms are involved in every aspect of ecosystem functioning, whether that ecosystem is a grassland in California, a wastewater treatment plant in Kalamazoo or your own human body.  While it is readily acknowledged that microorganisms are everywhere, the importance of microbial biodiversity to ecosystem functioning has not been adequately addressed.  Dr. Docherty's research group relies on DNA and RNA-based molecular techniques to examine how microbial communities respond to environmental changes.  They use both community profiling techniques and high throughput sequencing techniques to examine Bacterial, Archaeal and Fungal community structure and relate biodiversity to biogeochemical process rates and other biotic and abiotic factors in the environment.  Her tean applies similar approaches to many diverse questions.  The main questions which are currently being explored in her laboratory are:

Current Students in Dr. Docherty's Research Group

There are openings in her laboratory for Masters-level students starting in Fall 2013.  Graduate teaching assistantship funding may be available.  There are also openings for motivated undergraduate students to work in her laboratory. 

Research group website