Robert McLean

Robert McLean, Ph.D

Robert McLean, Ph.D.

Regents' Professor
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Ph.D., 1986, University of Calgary
B.S., 1978, University of Guelph



Microbial Ecology (BIO 4446)

Aquatic Microbial Ecology (BIO 7410)

Microbial Physiology (BIO 4447)

Graduate Microbial Physiology (BIO 7447)

Research Interests

In my lab we study the biology of bacteria as they naturally grow in surface-adherent communities (biofilms). These studies are conducted in pure (single-species) and mixed (polymicrobial) cultures. As well we have studied the contributions of bacterial biofilms and bacterial cell surface structures in metal binding and mineral formation. Over the course of my academic career, I have had the privilege of working with many outstanding students and collaborators. 

Selected Publications

LB Coulter, RJC McLean, RE Rohde, and GM Aron. 2014. Effect of bacteriophage infection in combination with tobramycin on the emergence of resistance in Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. Viruses 6: 3778-3786.

Shay M, M Al-Tameemi, S Wright, RJC McLean, DA Vattem, and V Maitin. 2014. Method development for investigating probiotic effects on fat storage in a Caenorhabditis elegans model. FASEB J 1 (Suppl): 829-833.

Vega LM, PJ Alvarez, and RJC McLean. 2014 Bacterial signaling ecology and potential applications during biofilm construction. Microb. Ecol. 68: 24-34.

Vega LM, J Mathieu, Y Yang, BH Pyle, RJC McLean, and PJ Alvarez. 2014 Nickel and cadmium, ions inhibit quorum sensing and biofilm formation without affecting viability in Burkholderia multivorans. Intern. Biodeterior. Biodegrad. 91: 82-87.

Taylor AA, GM Aron, GW Beall, N Dharmasiri, Y Zhang, and RJC McLean. 2014. Carbon and clay nanoparticles induce minimal stress responses in Gram negative bacteria and eukaryotic fish cells. Environ. Toxicol. 29: 961-968.

McLean RJC and SL Pringle. 2013. Identifying bacterial menu choices from the host buffet during infections. Journal of Bacteriology 195: 4989-4990.

McLean RJC and KS Kakirde. 2013. Enhancing metagenomics investigations of microbial interactions with biofilm technology. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 14: 22246-22257.

Chu, W, TR Zere, MM Weber, TK Wood, M Whiteley, B Hidalgo-Romano, E. Valenzuela, and RJC McLean. 2012. Indole production promotes Escherichia coli mixed culture growth with Pseudomonas aeruginosa by inhibiting quorum signaling. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 78: 411-419.

Kay MK, TC Erwin, RJC McLean, and GM Aron. 2011. Bacteriophage ecology in Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa mixed biofilm communities. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77: 821-829.

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