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Steven K. Lower

Steven K. Lower

Steven K. Lower

Professor, Director


(614) 292-1571

Orton Hall 084

Areas of Expertise

  • Geomicrobiology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Nanoscale Science


  • Ph.D. Virginia Tech 2001

Steven Lower's research spans a range of disciplines, including molecular science, biophysics, microbiology, and mineralogy. Recent projects include infectious biofilms on medical implants, cytochrome-mediate electron transfer reactions, acidophilic bacteria that oxidize sulfides, biomineralizing magnetic particles, and cancer caused by nanoscale minerals. The work by his team has been published in Science and Nature, as well as journals like the Journal of Bacteriology, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Langmuir, Environmental Science & Technology, Geochimica, and American Mineralogist. Our research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Energy.

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