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Jia Xue

Assistant Professor of Biology
Whitewater Hall 283
(765) 973-8261


Current Research Interests

My research has focused on a broad area of environmental microbiology linked to soil, water, environmental contamination, microbial ecological research, and microbial interactions in natural environments and how microbes related to global environmental changes.

Selected Publications

  1. Shahin, S., Alarcon, J., Brosky, H.N., Lamori, J.G., Dada, A.C., Xue, J., Gyawali, P., Sherchan, S., 2022. Occurrence of Naegleria fowleri and faecal indicators in sediments from Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana. Journal of Water and Health.
  2. Xue, J., Zhang, B., Lamori, J., Shah, K., Zabaleta, J., Garai, J., Taylor, C.M., Sherchan, S.P., n.d. 2020. Molecular detection of opportunistic pathogens and insights into microbial diversity in private well water and premise plumbing. Journal of Water and Health.
  3. Schmitz, B.W., Innes, G.K., Xue, J., Gerba, C.P., Pepper, I.L., and Sherchan, S., 2020. Reduction of erythromycin resistance gene erm(F) and class 1 integron‐integrase genes in wastewater by Bardenpho treatment. Water Environment Research wer.1299.
  4. Xue, J., Schmitz, B. W., Caton, K., Zhang, B., Zabaleta, J., Taylor, C. M., Romanchishina, T., Gerba, C. P., Pepper, I. L., Sherchan, S., 2019. Assessing the spatial and temporal variability of bacterial communities in two Bardenpho wastewater treatment systems via Illumina MiSeq sequencing. Science of The Total Environment 657, 1543–1552.
  5. Xue, J., Lamar, F.G., Zhang, B., Lin, S., Lamori, J.G., Sherchan, S.P., 2017. Quantitative assessment of Naegleria fowleri and fecal indicator bacteria in brackish water of Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana. Science of the Total Environment. 622–623, 8–16.
  6. Xue, J., Feng, Y., 2019. Comparison of microbial source tracking efficacy for detection of cattle fecal contamination by quantitative PCR. Science of The Total Environment 686, 1104–1112.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Biological Sciences, Microbiology and Microbiology lab, Molecular Biology, Environmental Science, and Soil Microbiology.