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Dr. Steven L. Daniel

Dr. Steven L. Daniel

Professor

Office: 3058 - Life Science
Phone: 217-581-7840
Fax: 217-581-7141
Email: sldaniel@eiu.edu
Website: http://castle.eiu.edu/lifesci/micro/sld.htm

Dr. Daniel's specialty areas center on anaerobic microbiology, microbial physiology, and environmental microbiology.  His general research interests include the ecological and metabolic roles that microorganisms, especially anaerobic bacteria, play in the turnover of matter and energy in various environmental systems such as the human gut.  In particular, he is interested in the degradation of toxic dietary compounds (plant-derived) by gastrointestinal bacteria and its influence on the health of the host animal, metabolism of the toxin oxalate by microorganisms, physiology and enzymology of bile acid-metabolizing gut bacteria; and acetogenic bacteria and their use in the conversion of syngas to biofuels and specialty chemicals.  

  • WEIU's Being Well Program 401:   Kidney Stones (a videotaped interview on youtube featuring Dr. David Goldfarb and Dr. Steven Daniel on the causes and treatment of kidney stones as well as the latest research findings)

Frequently Taught Courses

  • General Microbiology (BIO 3300)
  • Pathogenic Microbiology (BIO 4836)

Education

Professional Experience:

Professional Organizations

  • American Society for Microbiology                  
  • Sigma Xi
  • Illinois State Academy of Science 
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

Selected Publications

  • Culbertson, B.J., N.C. Furumo, and S.L. Daniel.  2007.  Impact of nutritional supplements and monosaccharides on growth, oxalate accumulation, and culture pH by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.  FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 270:132-138.
  • Daniel, S.L., G.L. Hartman, E.D. Wagner, and M.J. Plewa.  2007.  Mammalian cell cytotoxicity analysis of soybean rust fungicides.  Bull. Environ. Contamin. Toxicol. 78:474-478.
  • Culbertson, B.J., J. Krone, E. Gatebe, N.C. Furumo, and S.L. Daniel.  2007.  Impact of carbon sources on growth and oxalate synthesis by the phytopathogenic fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.  World J. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 23:1357-1362.
  • Drake, H. L., Gößner, A. S., Daniel, S. L.  2008.  Old acetogens, new light.  In:  Wiegel, J. (ed.), Incredible Anaerobes.  Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1125:100-128.
  • Goradia, L., G.L. Hartman, and S.L. Daniel.  2009.  Evaluation of glyphosate-tolerant soybean cultivars for resistance to bacterial pustule.  Eur. J. Plant Pathol. 124:331-335.
  • Janezic, K. J, E. W. Hendricks, A. N. Theisen, B. Ferry, M. E. Roberts, S. Murphy, S. M. Scott, B. A. Janiga, T. Johnson, K. Hung, and S. L. Daniel.  2013.  Phenotypic and genotypic characterization of Escherichia coli isolated from untreated surface waters.  The Open Journal of Microbiology 7:9-19. (Research completed by the Fall 2011 BIO 4836 Pathogenic Microbiology class).
  • Penn, C. D., and S. L. Daniel.  2013.  Salicylate degradation by the fungal plant pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorumCurrent Microbiology, 1-8.  (Honor Thesis research by Cory Penn).

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Daniel, S.L., and H.L.Drake. 2007. From Clostridium thermoaceticum to Moorella thermoacetica, by viewing the old, we learn the new. Incredible Anaerobes: From Physiology to Genomics to Fuels.Abst. #2. 
  • Baluka, A.E.C., and S.L. Daniel.  2007.  Oxalate metabolism by Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.  Ann. Meet. Ill. St. Acad. Sci. 45, p. 41.
  • Inboden, A.M., and S.L. Daniel.  2008.  Resolving the nutritional requirements of Clostridium scindens, a bile acid-metabolizing gut bacterium.  Ann. Meet. Ill. St. Acad. Sci. 60, p. 44.  
  • Baluka, A.E.C., and S.L. Daniel.  2008.  PCR-based detection of genes responsible for oxalate detoxification in probiotic microorganisms.  Ann. Meet. Ill. St. Acad. Sci. 17, p. 26.
  • Baluka, A.E.C., and S.L. Daniel.  2008.  Oxalate-consuming activities of probiotic microorganisms.  Gen. Meet. Am. Soc. Microbiol., I-019.
  • Baluka, A.E.C., and S.L. Daniel.  2008.  Evaluation of the oxalate-consuming activities of probiotic bacteria.  2nd ASM Conference on Beneficial Microbes, 5A, p. 19.
  • Baluka, A.E.C., and S.L. Daniel.  2009.  Oxalate degradation by Lactobacillus acidophilus and other probiotic bacteria.  Conference on Gastrointestinal Function. Abstract #6.
  • Schuette, A., and S.L. Daniel.  2009.  Anaerobic growth potentials of Xenorhabdus nematophila.  Ann. Meet. Ill. St. Acad. Sci. 57, p. 29.
  • Huckaba, J., and S.L. Daniel. 2009.Comparing the nutritional requirements of the bile acid-metabolizing gut bacteria Clostridium hylemonae and Clostridium hiranonis.  Ann. Meet. Ill. St. Acad. Sci. 63, p. 32.
  • Penn, C., and S.L. Daniel.  2009.  Degradation of salicylate, an important plant-signaling molecule, by the fungal pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.  Ann. Meet. Ill. St. Acad. Sci. 62, p. 31.
  • Huckaba, J., S.L. Daniel.  2010.  Determining the nutritional requirements of the bile acid-metabolizing gut bacteria Clostridium hylemonae and Clostridium hiranonis.  Ann. Meet. Ill. St. Acad. Sci. 14, p. 18.
  • Penn, C., and S.L. Daniel.  2010.  Degradation of salicylate, an important plant-signaling molecule, by the fungal pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.  Gen. Meet. Am. Soc. Microbiol., X-1941.
  • Huckaba, J., and S.L. Daniel.  2010.  Determining the nutritional requirements of the bile acid-metabolizing gut bacterium Clostridium hylemonae.  Gen. Meet. Am. Soc. Microbiol., K-279.
  • Paul, O., and S.L. Daniel.  2011.  Vitamin requirements of the bile acid-dehydroxylating intestinal bacterium Clostridium scindens.  Ann. Meet. Ill. St. Acad. Sci. 94, p. 64.
  • Daniel, S.L., and J.M. Lucas. 2011. Phenotypic microarray analysis of the thermophilic acetogen Moorella thermoacetica ATCC 39073.  Extremophiles: Key to Bioenergy, p. 40.
  • Daniel, S.L., and J. Huckaba.  2011. Determining the nutritional requirements of the bile acid-metabolizing gut bacteria Clostridium hylemonae.  Congress on Gastrointestinal Function.
  • Paul, O., and S.L. Daniel.  2011.  Resolving the vitamin requirements of the bile acid-dehydroxylating intestinal bacterium Clostridium scindens.  Congress on Gastrointestinal Function.
  • Janezic, K.J, E.W. Hendricks, A.N. Theisen, B. Ferry, M.E. Roberts, S. Murphy, S.M. Scott, B.A. Janiga, T. Johnson, K. Hung, and S.L. Daniel. 2012. Phenotypic and genotypic characterization of Escherichia coli isolated from surface waters in Illinois and Missouri.  Ann. Meet. Ill. St. Acad. Sci.58, p. 49.
  • Daniel, S.L. 2012. Impact of raw syngas on the growth of the thermophilic acetogen Moorella thermoacetica ATCC 39073.  Gordon Research Conference.
  • Scheiman, D., and S.L. Daniel. 2013.  Anaerobic oxalate-degrading bacteria in avian cecal contents.  Congress on Gastrointestinal Function, p. 32, Abstract #21. 

Invited Seminars
  • 9th International Primary Hyperoxaluria Workshop, New York, New York, 2010
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri, 2012


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