Eva Top in her lab.

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Top Lab undergraduate research is awarded 1st place in the 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium, Biological Sciences

Stephen Burleigh (Senior, Microbiology major)

Stephen Burleigh, Undergraduate Researcher.

Antibiotic resistant bacterial pathogens are of international concern. The research being conducted in Dr. Eva Top's lab will increase our understanding of how antibiotic resistance genes spread and persist in bacterial populations. This greater understanding will help the development of alternative therapies to combat pathogens. I chose to work in Dr. Top's lab because of both the intrigue and the possible implications of the research. more...

Dr. Top appointed Director of the University of Idaho's
Bioinformatics & Computational Biology (BCB) Graduate Programs.

Postdoctoral Position available NOW

Evolution of drug resistance plasmid persistence in biofilms

We are seeking a postdoctoral scientist to join an interdisciplinary team of investigators to conduct research on the evolution of antibiotic resistance plasmid persistence in biofilms. The goal of this project is to gain insight into the evolutionary mechanisms by which multi-drug resistance plasmids can improve their persistence in biofilms formed by various Gram-negative bacteria.
Complete Job Announcement... [pdf]

Visit the Top Lab's, Virtual Genome Project Blog - introduction :: current issue

University of Idaho Researchers Aim to Unlock Plasmid Transfer Secrets

Thanks to a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health Eva Top, professor of biology, and Zaid Abdo, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, will be able to study drug resistance plasmids and the range of bacterial hosts in which they can be supported.

University of Idaho student newspaper, "The Argonaut" article about this research,
"Clever Bacteria: study aims to test antibiotic resistant bacteria.

A new book on plasmids

Short course

Upcoming meetings where we will present:

Most recent invited lectures at international meetings

Meetings and poster sessions


Links to - research and teaching colleagues, organizations and journals


The Virtual Genome Project (VGP)

The VGP site was established as part of Dr. Top's public access and outreach program to share the activities of her lab's research projects with a wider audience. It is a free resource for people interested in the process of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) and its ecological and evolutionary significance. Our focus is on understanding plasmids and how they adapt to hosts. The VGP site will grow over the coming months.
Virtual Genome Project...

Top Lab Welcomes Dr. Jaroslaw Eugeniusz Król

Dr. Król joins Top lab as a new postdoctoral scientist. He comes to us from Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland where he worked with the Prof. Anna Skorupska group in the Department of General Microbiology researching the genetic analysis of polysaccharide biosynthesis and genomic studies of Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii.   Dr. Król's CV