Kevin Failor, Ph.D.

Kevin Failor, Ph.D.

University of the Sciences

Dr. Kevin Failor is a molecular bacteriologist and taxonomist interested in how novel organisms can aid in the development of new antibiotic and pharmacological treatments. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Heindl Lab of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Failor’s undergraduate degrees were in biology and archaeology at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Penn. where he worked on the identification of novel bacterial species. He earned his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Va. His graduate work was examining bacteria present in precipitation capable of freezing water, as well as identifying a novel mechanism for this action. He currently works to characterize a 2-component regulatory system found in the human pathogen responsible for brucellosis utilizing a closely-related model organism.

Failor also runs the Twitter-based “Bacterium of the Day” to promote uncommon, overlooked or under-appreciated bacterial species. His goal is to promote awareness of the hard work done to identify and characterize these species.

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