Steven Wilhelm is the Kenneth and Blaire Mossman Professor & Associate Head of the Department of Microbiology.
In 2016 he became a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology as well as a Sustaining Fellow of ASLO. In 2018 he was also named a James R. Cox Professor at the University of Tennessee.
His group studies synergies between microbial communities and biogeochemical cycles in lakes and oceans. Lab members use biomolecular tools – DNA and RNA sequencing, metabolomics, and PCR-based quantitative analyses – to study viruses, bacteria, cyanobacteria and algae. Currently the laboratory has a specific focus on virus ecology, toxic cyanobacterial blooms and the development of quantitative molecular tools for microbial ecology.