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James Ferry
Pennsylvania State University


James (Greg) Ferry obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois and postdoctoral training at the University of Georgia after which he accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Anaerobic Microbiology of Virginia Tech. After achieving the rank of Professor, he moved to Penn State with the title of Stanley Person Professor. There, he founded the Center for Microbial Structural Biology and is a charter member of the Penn State Astrobiology Research Center (PSARC). His research interests are in the areas of enzymology, molecular biology and physiology of anaerobic microbes from the domain Archaea with a focus on ancient energy-yielding pathways and adaptation to oxidative stress.

Selected Publications

Kumar, A. K., N. H. Yennawar, H. P. Yennawar and J. G. Ferry. 2011. Expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of a novel plant-type FTR-like protein from Methanosarcina acetivorans. Acta Crystallographica Section F 67:775-778.

Kumar, V. K., J. G. Ferry and C. D. Maranas. 2011. Metabolic reconstruction of the archaeon methanogen Methanosarcina acetivorans. BMC Systems Biology 5:28.

Ferry, J. G. 2010. The Chemical Biology of Methanogenesis. Planetary and Space Science. 58:1775-1783.

Ferry, J.G. 2010. How to Make a Living Exhaling Methane. Annual Reviews of Microbiology 64:453-473.

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