Alecia Septer

Alecia Septer

Assistant Professor
(919) 843-3410
4202C Venable/Murray Hall CB#3300, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3300



2014 – 2015 Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Life Sciences Research Fellow, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2012 – 2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow (GBMF LSRF Fellow 2013-2014), Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University
2012 PhD in Microbiology, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow, Univerisity of Georgia
2006 B.Sc. in Microbiology, Biological Scholars Program, The Ohio State University

Research Interests

  • Interbacterial interactions affecting community structure and function
  • Genetic determinants of bacterial social interactions
  • Marine host-microbe interactions

Selected Publications

AN Septer, JL Bose, A Lipzen, J Martin, CA Whistler, and EV Stabb. Bright luminescence of Vibrio fischeriaconitase mutants reveals a connection between citrate and the Gac/Csr regulatory system. Molecular Microbiology. (2015)

N Sullivan, AN Septer, AT Fields, LM Wenren, and KA Gibbs. The complete genome sequence of strain BB2000 reveals differences from the Proteus mirabilis reference strain. Genome Announcements. September/October 2013 1:e00024-13. (2013)

AN Septer, and KA Gibbs. Two independent pathways for self recognition inProteus mirabilis are linked by type VI-dependent export. doi: 10.1128/mBio.00374-13 23 July 2013 mBio vol. 4 no. 4 e00374-13. (2013)

AN Septer, NL Lyell, and EV Stabb. The iron-dependent regulator Fur controls pheromone-signaling and luminescence in the squid symbiont Vibrio fischeri ES114. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. vol. 79 no. 6 1826-1834 (2013)

AN Septer and EV Stabb. Coordination of the Arc regulatory system and pheromone-mediated positive feedback in controlling the Vibrio fischeri lux operon. PLOS ONE. vol 7, issue 1; e49590. (2012)

HA Dailey, AN Septer, L Daugherty, D Thames, S Gerdes, EV Stabb, AK Dunn, TA Dailey, and JD Phillips. TheEscherichia coli protein YfeX functions as a porphyrinogen oxidase, not a heme dechelatase. mBio. Nov/Dec, vol 2, issue 6; e00248-11. (2011)

AN Septer, Y Wang, EG Ruby, EV Stabb, and AK Dunn. The haem-uptake gene cluster in Vibrio fischeri is regulated by Fur and contributes to symbiotic colonization. Environmental Microbiology. 13(11)2855-2864. (2011)

JL Bose, MS Wollenberg, D Colton, MJ Mandel, AN Septer, AK Dunn and EV Stabb. Contribution of rapid evolution of the luxR-luxI intergenic region to the diverse bioluminescence outputs of Vibrio fischeri strains isolated from different environments. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 77(7):2445-2457. (2011)

AN Septer*, JL Bose, AK Dunn, and EV Stabb. FNR-mediated regulation of bioluminescence and anaerobic respiration in the light-organ symbiont Vibrio fischeri. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 306:72-81. (* Indicates co-first authorship) (2010)

M Merighi, AN Septer*, A Carroll-Portillo, A Bhatiya, S Porwollik, M McClelland, JS Gunn. Genome-wide analysis of the PreA/PreB (QseB/QseC) regulon of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. BMC Microbiol. 9:42. (* Indicates co-first authorship) (2009)