Elio Schaechter

San Diego State University

Elio Schaechter is Distinguished Professor, emeritus, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston; Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, San Diego State University; and Adjunct Professor, University of California at San Diego. With Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Michele Swanson, he is a host of the podcast This Week in Microbiology and is the founder of the blog Small Things Considered.

Latest from Elio Schaechter

This frass doesn’t stink

This frass doesn’t stink

Aug. 8, 2019

How the microbiome and gut anatomy of a wood-feeding beetle promotes lignocellulose deconstruction, and bacteria that degrade PET plastic.
In the company of Elio

In the company of Elio

July 12, 2019

Elio Schaechter's career, his work in microbiology, and his love for microbes and mushrooms.
Unexpectedly pathogenic bacteriophages

Unexpectedly pathogenic bacteriophages

June 1, 2019

An extracellular bacterium associated with Paramecium, and induction of antiviral immunity by a bacteriophage that prevents bacterial clearance.
Intercellular microbial trade

Intercellular microbial trade

April 26, 2019

How a chemosynthetic symbiont stores energy for its marine flatworm host, and extraction of nutrients from host cells by E. coli injectisome components.
I hear you

I hear you

March 29, 2019

How cleaved cochlin protein sequesters bacteria in the inner ear to preserve hearing function.