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David J. Krause, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Office: 252 Halsey Science Center
Lab: 238 Halsey Science Center
Phone: (920) 424-7084





  • Ph.D., 2016, Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., 2010, Microbiology, University of Florida

Courses Taught

  • BIO105: Biological Concepts – Unity
  • BIO250: Medical Mycology
  • BIO312/313: Medical Bacteriology Lecture/Lab
  • BIO450: Microbial Physiology (Lab)

Research Interests

Budding yeasts are a group of unicellular fungi that have evolved a tremendous amount of metabolic diversity over the last 400 million years. I am interested in how some genera have independently evolved the ability to grow without oxygen. In my lab we study yeasts using genetics, genomics, and adaptive laboratory evolution.


Selected Recent Publications

  • Krause, D.J. 2023. The evolution of anaerobic growth in Saccharomycotina yeasts. Yeast 40: 395-400.
  • Krause D.J. and Hittinger C.T. 2022. Functional Divergence in a Multi-gene Family Is a Key Evolutionary Innovation for Anaerobic Growth in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Mol. Biol. Evol. 39: msac202.
  • Krause D.J., Kominek J., Opulente D.A., Shen X.X., Zhou X., Langdon Q.K., DeVirgilio J., Hulfachor A.B., Kurtzman C.P., Rokas A., and Hittinger C.T. 2018. Functional and evolutionary characterization of a secondary metabolite gene cluster in budding yeasts. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 115: 11030-11035.
  • Wagner A., Whitaker R.J., Krause D.J., Heilers J.H., van Wolferen M., van der Does C., and Albers S.V. 2017. Mechanisms of gene flow in archaea. Nat. Rev. Microbiol. 15: 492-501.