Tyrrell Conway, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Tyrrell was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a doctorate in Microbiology. He held faculty appointments at the University of Florida, University of Nebraska, Ohio State University, and the University of Oklahoma, before returning to Oklahoma State University where currently he is Professor and Head of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Amongst several scientific discoveries, Tyrrell is the co-inventor of U.S. Patent number 5,000,000 for genetically engineering E. coli to make biofuels and he published the first DNA microarray paper on E. coli. He was the first scientist to systematically determine what carbon sources are used by E. coli to colonize the animal intestine. His current research interests include the mechanisms employed by enteric bacteria to compete for nutrients in the intestine and mapping the genetic circuitry of the E. coli genome by RNA sequencing. Tyrrell is a member of the American Academy of Microbiology. If he had time, he would read more novels and go fishing more often.