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Professor of Microbiology, University of Tennessee

Dr. Steven W. Wilhelm is the Kenneth and Blaire Mossman Professor of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee. In 2016 he became a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology as well as a Sustaining Fellow of ASLO. In 2021 he was elected a Fellow of AAAS. In 2021, he was awarded (along with Curtis Suttle) the John R Martin award from ASLO for their contribution describing the Viral Shunt. His research 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.


  • –present
    Mossman Professor of Microbiology, University of Tennessee


  • 1994 
    The University of Western Ontario. , PhD Plant Sciences