Jose De La Torre

José R. de la Torre

( He/Him/His )
University of California, San Francisco
Phone: (415) 338-7043
Location: Hensill Hall 437

Fields: Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolution

At SF State Since: 2008

Specialties: Microbial Ecology & Evolution, Comparative & Functional Genomics, Microbiome Analysis, Metagenomics, Biogeochemistry, Geobiology, Astrobiology, Microbiology of High Temperature Environments (Hot Springs), Archaea

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My research program focuses on the ecology and evolution of microorganisms living in high temperature environments, particularly terrestrial hot springs. We are interested in how environmental conditions (chemistry, pH) and evolutionary history influence the composition and function of microbial communities in these extreme environments, with special attention to the contribution of these microorganisms to the Carbon and Nitrogen biogeochemical cycles.

Our work is at the exciting intersection of many disciplines including ecology, evolution, genomics, geobiology and geochemistry. We have ongoing research projects in Yellowstone National Park, California, Nevada and China, and have been working closely with researchers at the University of Washington, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Montana State University, Arizona State University, Northern Arisona University and UC Davis. Research projects in the lab are amenable to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Courses taught at San Francisco State University include Microbial Physiology, Molecular Techniques in Evolution & Ecology, Microbial Genomics.