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Patricia L. Foster

Professor Emerita of Biology, Indiana University

Mutations are heritable changes in an organism’s genome. On an evolutionary scale, mutations are the source of variation upon which natural selection works. On a human scale, mutations give rise to birth defects, genetic diseases, and cancer. Using the bacterium Escherichia coli as a model system, Patricia Foster's laboratory employs genetic and molecular techniques to investigate the molecular mechanisms by which mutations arise spontaneously and as a result of DNA damage.


  • –present
    Professor Emerita of Biology, Indiana University


Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology