Ph.D. 1989, M.S. 1985, University of Minnesota; B.S. 1982, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Soil and environmental microbiology. Physiology, biochemistry, and genetics of phosphorus metabolism in the rhizobia as it occurs during symbiosis with the host legume plant; microbial and metabolic diversity in geothermally heated soils, including arsenic and metal transformations.

Recent Publications

  • Du, Z., D.A. Riveros-Iregui, R.T. Jones, T.R. McDermott, J.E. Dore, B.L. McGlynn, R.E. Emanuel, X. Li. (2015) Landscape position influences microbial composition and function via redistribution of soil water across a watershed. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 81:24 8457-8468.
  • Li, J., Q. Wang, M. Li, B. Yang, M. Shi, W. Guo, T.R. McDermott, C. Rensing, and G. Wang (2015) Proteomic and genetic identification of a bacterial antimonite oxidase in Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Environ. Sci. & Technol. 49:5980-89. 
  • Wang, Q., T.P. Warelow, Y.-S. Kang, C. Romano, T.H. Osborne, C.R. Lehr, B. Bothner, T.R. McDermott, J.M. Santini, and G. Wang (2015) Arsenite oxidase also functions as an antimonite oxidase. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 81:1959-1965.
  • Zhou, J., D. Sun, A. Childers, T.R. McDermott, Y. Wang, and M.R. Liles (2015) Three novel virophage genomes discovered from Yellowstone Lake Metagenomes. J. Virology. doi: 10.1128/JVI.03039-14
  •  Wang, Q., D. Qin, S. Zhang, L. Wang, J. Li, C. Rensing, T.R. McDermott and G. Wang (2014) Fate of arsenate following arsenite oxidation in Agrobacterium tumefaciens GW4. Environ. Microbiol. DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.12465
  • Kang, Y.S., Z. Shi, B. Bothner, G. Wang, and T.R. McDermott (2014) Involvement of the Acr3 and DctA anti-porters in arsenite oxidation in Agrobacterium tumefaciens 5A. Environ. Microbiol. DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.12468
  • Skorupa, D.J., R.W. Castenholz, A. Mazurie, C. Carey, F. Rosenzweig and T.R. McDermott   (2013)  In situ gene expression profiling of the thermoacidophilic alga Cyanidioschyzon in relation to visible and  ultraviolet irradiance. Environ. Microbiol. Doi:10.1111/1462-2920.12317
  • Romano, C., S.  D’Imperio, T. Woyke, K. Mavromatis, R. Lasken, E.L. Shock and T.R. McDermott  (2013) Comparative  genomic analysis of phylogenetically closely related Hydrogenobaculum sp. Isolates from Yellowstone National Park. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 79:2932-2943.
  • Clingenpeel, S., J. Kan,  R.E. Macur, T. Woyke, D. Lovalvo, J.D. Varley, W.P. Inskeep, K. Nealson and T.R. McDermott (2013)  Yellowstone Lake Nanoarchaeota. Front. Microbiol. Doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2013.00274
  • Kang  ,Y.S., J. Heinemann, B. Bothner, C. Rensing, and T.R. McDermott (2012) Integrated  co-regulation of bacterial arsenic and phosphorus metabolisms.Environ. Microbiol. 14:3097-109.
  • Kang, Y.S., B. Bothner, C.  Rensing, and T.R. McDermott (2012) Involvement of RpoN in regulating bacterial arsenite  oxidation.Appl Environ Microbiol. 78:5638-5645.
  • Liu, G., M. Liu, E.H. Kim, W.S. Maaty, B.  Bothner, B. Lei, C. Rensing, G. Wang, and T.R. McDermott  (2012) A periplasmic  arsenite-binding protein involved in regulating arsenite oxidation.Environ Microbiol. 14:1624-1634.

Recent Grants

  • "Arsenical Production in Germ Free and Humanized Mice"
    National Institute of Health
    S.T.  Walk and T.R. McDermott
    2015-2017
  • "Biological Basis for Methane Synthesis in Oxic Lake Waters"
    National Science Foundation: Geobiology and Low Temperature Geochemistry
    T.R. McDermott and J.E. Dore
    2015-2017
  • "A Cellular Systems Analysis of Microbe-Arsenic Interactions."
    National Science Foundation: Systems and Synthetic Biology
    T.R. McDermott, B.B. Bothner, and R. Carlson
    2014-2017
  • "Integrated Analysis of Extremophile Biology from Genes to Metabolites."
    National Science Foundation: Metabolic Biochemistry
    B.B. Bothner, A. Mazurie, T.R. McDermott, and M. Young
    2010-2014
  • "Molecular and Genetic Controls Regulating Bacterial Arsenite Oxidation."
    National Science Foundation: Metabolic Biochemistry
    T.R. McDermott and B.B. Bothner
    2008-2013
  • "Genetics Underlying Microbial Antimony Oxidation."
    National Science Foundation: Geobiology and Low Temperature Geochemistry
    T.R. McDermott
    2008-2012
  • "The Thermo-acidophilic Cyanidiales: Genetic and Physiological Diversity in Relation to Environment and Seasonal Change in Yellowstone National Park."
    National Science Foundation: Microbial Interactions and Processes
    T.R. McDermott
    2007-2011

Current Instructional Responsibilities

  • LRES 452 - Soil and Environmental Microbiology (Spring, odd years)
  • LRES 552 - Advanced Soil and Environmental Microbiology (Spring, even years)