Jennifer Brum

Matthew B. Sullivan

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Joint Assistant Professor, Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Faculty member, BIO5 Institute

Steering Committee member, Earthscience Institute, Biosphere 2

My research aims to elucidate the mechanisms of phage and host genome evolution, as well as explore the roles of ocean viruses in global biogeochemical cycling.

EEB Dept. profile

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


  • 2004: Ph.D. (Biology) Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Joint Program Biological Oceanography
  • 1998: M.Phil. (Biology) Queens University, Northern Ireland, U.K.
  • 1997: B.S. (Marine Science) Long Island University, Southampton College

Professional Experience

  • 2008–present: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
  • 2009–present: Steering Committee member, Biosphere 2 Earthscience Institute, University of Arizona
  • 2008–present: faculty member, BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona
  • 2004–2007: Post-doctoral Associate, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Selected Publications

  • Karsenti, E., Acinas, S.G., Bork, P., Bowler, C., De Vargas, C., Raes, J., Sullivan, M., Arendt, D., Benzoni, F., Claverie, J.M., Follows, M., Gorsky, G., Hingamp, P., Iudicone, D., Jaillon, O., Kandels-Lewis, S., Krzic, U., Not, F., Ogata, H., Pesant, S., Reynaud, E.G., Sardet, C., Sieracki, M.E., Speich, S., Velayoudon, D., Weissenbach, J., Wincker, P., the Tara Oceans Consortium (2011) A holistic approach to marine eco-systems biology. PLoS Biology 9(10):e1001177.
  • John SG, Mendez CB, Deng L, Poulos B, Kauffman AKM, Kern SE, Brum J, Polz MF, Boyle EA, MB Sullivan. (2010) A simple and efficient method for concentration of ocean viruses by chemical flocculation. Environmental Microbiology Reports. 3: 195-202.
  • Sullivan MB, Huang KH, Ignacio-Espinoza JC, Berlin A, Kelly L, Weigel PR, DeFrancesco AS, Kern SE, Thompson LR, Young S, Yandava C, Fu R, Krastins B, Chase M, Sarracino D, Osburne MS, Henn MR & SW Chisholm (2010). Genomic analysis of oceanic cyanobacterial myoviruses compared to T4-like myoviruses from diverse hosts and environments. Environmental Microbiology. Online in advance of publication, DOI: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2010.02280.x.
  • Liu X, Zhang Q, Murata K, Baker ML, Sullivan MB, Fu C, Dougherty M, Schmid MF, Osburne MS, Chisholm SW & W Chiu (2010). Structural changes in a marine podovirus associated with viral genome release into Prochlorococcus. Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. 17: 830-6.
  • Henn MR, Sullivan MB, Stange-Thomann N, Osburne MS, Berlin AM, Kelly L, Yandava C, Kodira C, Zeng Q, Weiand M, Sparrow T, Saif S, Giannoukos G, Young SK, Nusbaum C, Birren BW & SW Chisholm (2010). Analysis of high-throughput sequencing and annotation strategies for phage genomes. PLoS One. 5: e9083.
  • Sullivan MB, Krastins B, Hughes J, Kelly L, Chase M, Sarracino D & SW Chisholm (2009). The genome and structural proteome of an ocean cyanobacterial siphovirus: A new window into the cyanobacterial ‘mobilome’. Environmental Microbiology. 11: 2935-51.
  • Sullivan, MB, MC Coleman, V Quinlivan, JE Rosenkrantz, AS DeFrancesco, G Tan, R Fu, JA Lee, JB Waterbury, JP Bielawski, SW Chisholm. 2008. Portal protein diversity and phage ecology. Environmental Microbiology. 10: 2810-23.
  • Sullivan MB*, Lindell DL*, Lee JA, Thompson LR, Bielawski JP & SW Chisholm (2006). Prevalence and evolution of core photosystem II genes in marine cyanobacterial viruses and their hosts. PLoS Biology. 4:e234. *co-first authors
  • DeLong EF, Preston CM, Mincer T, Rich V, Hallam SJ, Frigaard NU, Martinez A, Sullivan MB, Edwards R, Brito BR, Chisholm SW & DM Karl (2006). Community genomics among stratified microbial assemblages in the ocean's interior. Science. 311:496-503.
  • Paul JH & MB Sullivan (2005). Marine phage genomics: What have we learned? Current Opinion in Biotechnology. 16:299-307.
  • Sullivan MB, M Coleman, P Weigele, F Rohwer, SW Chisholm. 2005. Three Prochlorococcus cyanophage genomes: Signature features and ecological interpretations. PLoS Biology. 3:e144.
  • Lindell DL,* and Sullivan MB*, Johnson ZI, Tolonen A, Rohwer F & SW Chisholm (2004). Transfer of photosynthesis genes to and from Prochlorococcus viruses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA . 101:11013-11018 *co-first authors
  • Sullivan MB, Waterbury JB & SW Chisholm (2003). Cyanophages infecting the oceanic cyanobacterium, Prochlorococcus. Nature. 424:1047-1051.