Steven W. Wilhelm -  Professor OF Microbiology 


Office: 865-974-0665    Labs: 865-974-0682  /  865-974-4014




  • Viral impacts on Aquatic Food Webs

  • Developing better models for marine biogeochemical cycles

  • Understanding the causes of Microcystis blooms  

  • Giant viruses in marine systems

  • incorporating viruses and microbes into climate change models  

  • Toxic cyanobacteria in aquatic systems

  • Real time quantitative molecular tools for microbial ecology 

  • Microbial genetics, diversity and physiology


PEOPLE               PROJECTS               PUBLICATIONS


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Retrieving traps on the RV Tangaroa 2008

Scientists and crew work to clear a spot in the ice to sample - Lake Erie Feb 2007

The Buchan, Zinser and Wilhelm labs 2012

Mar 2013   Our recent publication in Aquatic Microbial Ecology was chosen as a feature paper
Mar 2013   We are excited to have received 166 applications for our 10 NSF-funded REU positions in the Department.  The review committee is working feverishly to complete the first round of offers.
Mar 2013   Congratulations to Jasmin Vazin and Austen Webber - both winners at the 2013 EUReCA competition for undergraduate research
Apr 2013   Congratulations to Kaitlyn Victor  for winning a summer undergraduate internship from the UTK Office of Research
Apr 2013   Congratulations to Audrey Matteson, Janet Rowe, Alise Ponsero and other authors of their FEMS Microbiology Ecology paper selected as the Chief Editor's Choice for the May issue.
May 2013   Congratulations to Chad Effler on his win of the Department of Microbiology Undergraduate Research Award and Morgan Steffen, Mohammad Moniruzzaman and Shafer Belisle on their DC White Awards
May 2013   Congratulations to former lab member Dr Melanie Eldridge on her Fulbright award AND her new faculty position
June 2013   The lab will be playing host to the  third meeting of the The NIMBioS working group on Ocean Viral Dynamics June 3-5.
July 2013   Check out the ongoing progress of our team in the Pacific Ocean on Lewis Walker's POWOW3 Blog
Nov 2013   Congratulations to Tiana Pimentel on the successful defense of her MSc thesis!
Dec 2013   The lab welcomes two new members - PhD students Samantha Rose and Joshua Stough
Jan 2014   This week we welcome the NIMBioS Ocean Virus working group to Knoxville
Jan 2014   We are accepting applications for the 2014 NSF-funded REU program
Apr 2014   Congratulations to Morgan Steffen on being awarded a 2014 Science Alliance Award


Aug 2012  

Two  new NSF funded projects in China are discussed in Tennessee Today

Sept 2012  

Our collaborative work with BGSU and Clarkson was covered in Ohio Sea Grant's Twineline

Oct 2012  

Our research was featured in a UTK Science Alliance report

Nov 2012   Dr Wilhelm's pregame showcase talk was featured in an article in The Daily Beacon
Jun 2013   Dr Wilhelm was quoted in an article on Motherboard
Jul 2013   Dr Wilhelm was interview for an article that appeared in the July issue of Lab Manager
Jul 2013   Check out Dr Wilhelm's article with Dr Joshua Weitz in the July issue of The Scientist
Jan 2014   Check out Jesse Weber's piece on the Taihu research project in Quest

           See Sarah Farnsley's fact sheets for K-5, middle school and secondary school educators on cyanobacteria.


 The main home for the lab is the Department of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee.  Most of our students are affiliated with this department. 

Other departments we are affiliated with:

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology        UTK/ORNL Program in Genome Science and Technology         Earth & Planetary Sciences


Dr Wilhelm is also the PI of the Department of Microbiology's NSF-Funded REU: Microbial community interactions and Functions


GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN... former lab members


Former postdoctoral researchers



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