Mark R. Liles
Associate Professor

Office: 316 Rouse Life Science Building
and 255 CASIC Building

Lab: 277 CASIC Building

101 Rouse Life Science Bldg.
Auburn University, AL 36849

Office Phone: (334) 844-1656
Fax: (334) 844-1645
Email Mark R. Liles

Lab/Research Page


Tulane University, New Orleans, B.S. in Biology 1991
Northwestern University, Ph.D. in Microbiology, NIH Predoctoral Fellow 1998

Professional Employment

Auburn University, Associate Professor 2011 - current
Auburn University, Assistant Professor 2005 - 2011
University of Wisconsin-Madison, NIH Postdoctoral Fellow 1998 - 2005
Touro Infirmary, New Orleans, Research Technician 1991 - 1992

Research and Teaching Interests

Environmental microbiology. Community genomics of microbial assemblages, with an emphasis on antibiotic biosynthetic pathways and mobile genetic elements that can confer virulence or antibiotic resistance. Also studying biological control agents for disease prevention in agriculture and aquaculture. See lab website for more detailed information.

Selected Publications

  1. Zhou, J., Sun, D., Childers, A., McDermott, T.R., Wang, Y., and Liles, M.R. (2014) Three novel virophage genomes discovered from Yellowstone Lake metagenomes. Journal of Virology doi: 10.1128/JVI.03039-14
  2. Hossain, M.J., Sun, D., McGarey, D.J., Wrenn, S., Alexander, L.M., Martino, M.E., Xing, Y., Terhune, J.S., and Liles, M.R. (2014) An Asian origin of virulent Aeromonas hydrophila responsible for disease epidemics in United States-farmed catfish. mBio 5(3):e00848-14. doi:10.1128/mBio.00848-14.
  3. Chander, Y., Koelbl, J., Puckett, J., Moser, M.J., Liles, M.R., Carrias, A., Mead, D.A. and Schoenfeld, T.W. (2014) OmniAmp DNA polymerase, a novel thermostable viral enzyme for LAMP. Frontiers in Microbiology 5:1-11, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00395.
  4. Hossain, M.J., Waldbieser, G.C., Sun, D., Capps, N.K., Hemstreet, W.B., Griffin, M.J., Khoo, L., Goodwin, A.E., Sonstegard, T., Schroeder, S., Hayden, K., Newton, J.C., Terhune, J.S. and Liles, M.R. (2013) Implication of lateral genetic transfer in the emergence of Aeromonas hydrophila isolates of epidemic outbreaks in channel catfish. PLOS ONE 8(11): e80943.
  5. Ran, C., Carrias, A., Williams, M.A., Capps, N., Dan, B.C.T, Newton, J.C., Kloepper, J.W., Ooi, E.L.,  Browdy, C.L., Terhune, J.S., and Liles, M.R. (2012) Identification of Bacillus strains for biological control of catfish pathogens.PLOS ONE 7(9): e45793. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045793.
  6. Morrow, K.M., Moss, A., Chadwick, N.E., and Liles, M.R. (2012) Bacterial assemblages of two Caribbean coral species reveal species-specific distribution and geographic variability.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology78(18):6438-6449.
  7. Hossain, M.J., Rahman, K.S., Terhune, J.S., and Liles, M.R. (2012) An Outer Membrane Porin Protein Modulates Phage Susceptibility in Edwardsiella ictaluri.  Microbiology 158:488-497.
  8. Parsley, L.C., Goode, A.M., Becklund, K., George, I., Linneman, J., Lopanik, N.B., Goodman, R.M., and Liles, M.R. (2011) Polyketide synthase pathways identified from a metagenomic library are derived from soil AcidobacteriaFEMS Microbiology Ecology 78(1):176-187.
  9. Kakirde, K.S., Wild, J., Godiska, R., Mead, D., Wiggins, A.G., Szybalski, W., and Liles, M.R. (2011) Gram-negative shuttle BAC vector for heterologous expression of metagenomic libraries. Gene 475(2):57-62.


Undergraduate Graduate
Microbial Evolution and Diversity - BIOL5250
Applied/Environmental Microbiology - BIOL5700
General Microbiology - BIOL3200
Microbial Evolution and Diversity - BIOL7970
Applied/Environmental Microbiology - BIOL6700

Last updated: 06/18/2015