Cindy H Nakatsu

 Professor of Agronomy

  Department: Agronomy
  Phone: 765.496.2997
  Fax: 765.496.2926
  Office: Lilly 3-359

Area of Expertise: Microbial Ecology​

Curriculum Vitae

Current Research Projects

  • Impact of anthropogenic factors on microbial community structure
  • Source tracking and genetic fingerprinting of E. coli collected from the environment.
  • Biochemical and genetic basis of metal (Cr and Pb) resistance by bacteria
  • Biochemical and genetic basis of hydrocarbon degradation by bacteria
  • Development of quantitative PCR methods for monitoring bioattenuation of BTEX
  • Environmental factors influencing gene transfer.
  • Microbial ecology of wastewater treatment



Agronomy 649 - Molecular Microbial Ecology
Agronomy 349 - Soil Ecology



Bob the Bacterium

Interdisciplinary Programs 



Awards and Honors

Purdue University Faculty Research Scholar, 2002-07
AIST Foreign Researcher Invitation Award, Agency of Industrial Science and Technology, 1996 and 2001
Sustainable Agriculture Travel Award, OECD, 1997
Dow Elanco's Young Investigator's Award, Dow Elanco, 1995
Carleton University Scholarship, 1989-92
Ontario Postgrad Scholarship, 1991-92
NSERC Postgrad Scholarship, 1989-91




B.Sc., University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
M.Sc., University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Ph.D., Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada


Date joined staff:  August 1995