Crystal Johnson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Microbiology

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Dr. Johnson's research encompasses three main areas: Anaerobic Microbiology, Microbial Systematics & Taxonomy, and The Human Microbiome.  As a new Principal Investigator at OSU-CHS, her laboratory will focus on the discovery of novel anaerobes and their syntrophic partners with a view towards tailored microbiome modulation and precision therapeutics. Dr. Johnson brings with her a strong track record in acquisition, implementation, and management of clinical & industry related research projects across America and Europe.  

Research interests

  • Anaerobic Culturomics approach to novel taxa isolation
  • Antimicrobial peptide discovery and translational applications 
  • Next-generation pre/probiotics
  • Methanogenic syntrophy in gut health and environmental mitigation strategies
  • Associations of the Microbiome and host health, including: 
    • Metabolic Syndrome
    • Cholecystitis
    • Type II Diabetes
    • Cognition (gut-brain-axis)


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