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Jared R. Leadbetter

Professor of Environmental Microbiology

Leadbetter has been on the Caltech faculty since 2000. Prior to this,  he spent two years at The University of Iowa in the laboratory of National Academician E. Peter Greenberg (now at UW-Seattle), where he was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biosciences Related to the Environment. Leadbetter graduated with a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Michigan State University, where he was a participant in the NSF Science and Technology Center for Microbial Ecology under the tutelage of John A. Breznak. 


He served as co-director of the Marine Biological Laboratory  Microbial Diversity Summer Program in Woods Hole with Dianne Newman during the summers of 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 (in previous summers dating back to 1982,  he had participated as either a laboratory dishwasher, student, graduate teaching assistant, or guest faculty for the very same program).

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Postdoctoral Studies

University of Iowa - Iowa City
Department of Microbiology - NSF Postdoctoral Fellow (1998-2000)

Michigan State University - East Lansing

Department of Microbiology (1997-1998)



Graduate Studies

Michigan State University - East Lansing
Ph.D. Microbiology '97 (1991-1997)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - Woods Hole
(Guest Student - Summer 1991)


Undergraduate Studies

Goucher College - Towson
BA Honors in Biological Sciences '91 (1987-1991)

Marine Biological Laboratory - Woods Hole
Microbial Diversity Summer Course (Student - Summer 1990)

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