Google Scholar Profile

Submitted or In Revision

M.D. Hoffman, L.I. Kacz, P.J.B Brown, D.T Kysela, Y.V. Brun, and S.C. Jacobson.  Microfluidic devices for studying reversible and irreversible adhesion of single bacterial cells. Submitted.


C. Jiang, P.J.B. Brown, A. Ducret, and Y.V. Brun. 2014. Co-option of a developmental regulator in the sequential evolution of bacterial morphology. Nature. doi:10.1038/nature12900



D.T. Kysela*, P.J.B. Brown*, K.C. Huang, Y.V. Brun. 2013. Biological Consequences and Advantages of Asymmetric Bacterial Growth. Annu Rev Microbiol. 67:417-435. *equal contributions.

A. Sims, Y. Zhang, S. Gajaraj, P.B. Brown, and Z. Hu. 2013. Towards the development of microbial indicators for wetland assessment. Water Res. 47:1711-1725.

Z. Wan, P.J.B. Brown, E.N. Elliott, and Y.V Brun. 2013. The adhesive and cohesive properties of a bacterial polysaccharide adhesion are modulated by a deacetylase. Mol Microbiol. 88:486-500.


mcontentE. Kuru, H.V. Hughes, P.J. Brown, E. Hall, S. Tekkam, F. Cava, M.A. de Pedro, Y.V. Brun, and M.S VanNieuwenhze. 2012. In situ probing of newly synthesized peptidoglycan in live bacteria with fluorescent D-amino acids. Angew Chem. 51:12519-12523. Cover article. Selected by journal as “hot paper”. Nature Reviews Microbiology Research Highlight: 2012. Techniques & applications: Shedding light on peptidoglycan growth. Nature Rev Microbiol. 10:802. Featured in NIH Biomedical Beat, Chemical and Engineering News, The American Scientist, Nature Chemistry, and NPR, A Moment of Science.

S.M. Madren, M.D. Hoffman, P.J.B. Brown, David T. Kysela, Yves V. Brun, and Stephen C. Jacobson. 2012. Microfluidic device for automated synchronization of bacterial cells. Anal Chem. 84:8571-8578. Featured in Chemical and Engineering News.

V.R Pejaver, A. Bhan, J-H. Choi, B. Liu, H. Lee, P.J Brown, D. Kysela, Y.V. Brun and S. Kim. 2012 GeneclusterViz: a tool for conserved gene cluster visualization, exploration and analysis. Bioinformatics. 28:1527-1529. 

P.J.B. Brown, M.A. de Pedro, D.T. Kysela, C.V.d. Henst, X. DeBolle, C. Fuqua, and Y.V. Brun. 2012. Polar growth in the Alphaproteobacterial Order Rhizobiales. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 109:1697-1701. Science Editor’s Choice Highlight: 2012. Live to divide another way.  Science.  335:775. Recommended by Faculty of 1000.

coverG. Li*, P.J.B. Brown*, J.X. Tang, J. Xu, E.M. Quardokus, C. Fuqua and Y.V. Brun.  2012. Stimulation of bacterial adhesin production by surface contact. Mol Micro. 83:41-51.*equal contributions. Cover feature and cover image. Accompanied by a commentary article. Recommended by Faculty of 1000. Highlighted in NIH Biomedical Beat and NSF Research in Action series.



Chertkov, O., P.J.B. Brown, D.T. Kysela, 18 authors, H.-P. Klenk, Y.V. Brun. 2011. Complete genome sequence of Hirschia baltica type strain (IFAM 1418T). 2011. Stand Genomic Sci. 5:287-297. 

P.J.B. Brown*, D.T. Kysela*, and Y.V. Brun. 2011. Polarity and the diversity of growth mechanisms in bacteria.  Semin Cell Dev Biol. 22: 790-798. *equal contributions 

P.J.B. Brown, D.T. Kysela, A. Buechlein, C. Hemmerich, and Y.V. Brun. 2011. Genome sequences of eight morphologically diverse Alphaproteobacteria. J. Bacteriol. 193:4567-4568.


M.L. Kovarik, P.J.B. Brown, D.T. Kysela, C. Berne, A.C. Kinsella, Y.V. Brun, and S.C. Jacobson.  2010.  Microchannel-Nanopore Device for Bacterial Chemotaxis Assays. Anal. Chem. 82:9357–9364.

G.G. Hardy, R.C. Allen, E. Toh, M. Long, P.J.B. Brown, J.L. Cole-Tobian, Y.V. Brun. 2010.  A localized multimeric anchor attaches the Caulobacter holdfast to the cell pole. Mol Microbiol. 76:409-427.

 Before 2010

P.J.B. Brown, G.G. Hardy, M.J. Trimble, and Y.V. Brun.  2009.  Complex regulatory pathways coordinate cell cycle progression and development in Caulobacter crescentus.  Adv Micro Phys. 54:1-101.

P.J. Bonner and L.J. Shimkets.  2006.  Phospholipid directed motility of surface-motile bacteria. Mol Microbiol. 61:1101-1109.

P.J. Bonner, W.P. Black, Z. Yang, and L.J. Shimkets.  2006.  FibA and PilA act cooperatively during fruiting body formation of Myxococcus xanthus.  Mol Microbiol.  61:1283-1293.

P.J. Bonner and L.J. Shimkets.  2006.  Cohesion defective mutants of Myxococcus xanthus.  J. Bacteriol.  188:4585-4588.

P.J. Bonner, Q. Xu, W.P Black, Z. Li, Z. Yang, and L.J Shimkets.  2005.  The dif chemosensory pathway is directly involved in phosphatidylethanolamine sensory transduction in Myxococcus xanthus. Mol Microbiol. 57:1499-1508.

Kearns, D.B., P.J. Bonner, D.R. Smith, and L.J. Shimkets.  2002.  An extracellular zinc metalloprotease is required for dilauroyl phosphatidylethanolamine chemotactic excitation in Myxococcus xanthus.  J. Bacteriol.  184:1678-1684.

Kearns, D.B., A. Venot, P.J. Bonner, B. Stevens, G-J. Boons, and L.J. Shimkets. 2001.  Identification of a developmental chemoattractant in Myxococcus xanthus through metabolic engineering.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA  98:13990-13994.

P.J. Bonner and L.J. Shimkets.  2001. Piecing together a puzzling pathway: new insights into C-signaling.  Trends Microbiol. 9:462-464.