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Anthony Lobo

My research group is currently involved in two collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. The first, a collaboration with Dr. Mark Ellison in Chemistry, is to study the interaction between various mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in bacteria and antibiotic-conjugated nanomaterials. The second is looking for thermophilic microbes in compost that can break down the common plastic polyethylene terephthalate, in collaboration with Dr. Eric Williamsen in Chemistry.

Anthony Lobo is an Associate Professor of Biology. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Cornell University, and was a post-doctoral research scientist in the Medical Microbiology and Immunology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Lobo and his research students have been interested in many research questions in recent years, including the study of extremely halophilic archaea and investigating the microbial content of wild-fermented foods. Most recently the Lobo research group is collaborating with members of the Ursinus Chemistry Department on two areas of research: understanding mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in bacteria by using antibiotics conjugated to nanomaterials (in collaboration with Dr. Mark Ellison and his students), and isolating thermophilic microbes capable of degrading polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from compost (in collaboration with Dr. Eric Williamsen and his students).




  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University
  • Ph.D., Cornell University


Molecular Biology
Cell Biology

Research Interests

Antibiotic Resistance and Antibiotic-conjugated Nanomaterials
Thermophilic Degradation of Polyethylene Terephthalate
Biology of Extremely Halophilic Prokaryotes