Emeritus Professor John Fuerst

Emeritus Professor

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science

Overview

General Research specialises in: Evolutionary microbiology, Marine microbiology; Molecular phylogenetics, genomics and bioinformatics of bacteria; Planctomycete bacteria; Bacterial cell biology and structure.

Current research projects include:

Molecular cell biology of planctomycete bacteria in relation to the origin of eukaryotes and cell compartmentalisation (ARC Large Grant).Culture, molecular phylogenetics and ultrastructure of Archaeal and Bacterial symbionts of marine sponges.

Research Interests

  • Symbiont bacteria of marine sponges
    compartmentalized bacteria of marine sponges from the Great Barrier Reef; microbial diversity and molecular ecology of marine sponge symbionts; archaea of marine sponges; planctomycetes and poribacteria of sponges; ultrastructure of bacteria of marine sponges
  • Planctomycetes
    Molecular cell biology of planctomycete bacteria; Compartmentalization of planctomycetes; nucleated bacteria; ultrastructrure of planctomycete bacteria

Qualifications

  • Master of Literary Studies, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Mahajan, Mayank, Yee, Benjamin, Hägglund, Emil, Guy, Lionel, Fuerst, John A. and Andersson, Siv G. E. (2020). Paralogization and new protein architectures in planctomycetes bacteria with complex cell structures. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 37 (4), 1020-1040. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msz287

  • Fuerst, John A. (2020). Microbial Evolution: Chlamydial Creatures from the Deep. Current Biology, 30 (6), R267-R269. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.01.086

  • Sagulenko, Evgeny, Nouwens, Amanda, Webb, Richard I., Green, Kathryn, Yee, Benjamin, Morgan, Garry, Leis, Andrew, Lee, Kuo-Chang, Butler, Margaret K., Chia, Nicholas, Pham, Uyen Thi Phuong, Lindgreen, Stinus, Catchpole, Ryan, Poole, Anthony M. and Fuerst, John A. (2017). Nuclear pore-like structures in a compartmentalized bacterium. PLoS One, 12 (2) e0169432, e0169432. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169432

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Featured Publications

  • Sagulenko, Evgeny, Nouwens, Amanda, Webb, Richard I., Green, Kathryn, Yee, Benjamin, Morgan, Garry, Leis, Andrew, Lee, Kuo-Chang, Butler, Margaret K., Chia, Nicholas, Pham, Uyen Thi Phuong, Lindgreen, Stinus, Catchpole, Ryan, Poole, Anthony M. and Fuerst, John A. (2017). Nuclear pore-like structures in a compartmentalized bacterium. PLoS One, 12 (2) e0169432, e0169432. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169432

Book

Book Chapter

  • Fuerst, John A (2019). Phylum Verrucomicrobia. Reference module in life sciences. (pp. 551-563) edited by Bernard D. Roitberg. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-809633-8.20772-3

  • Fuerst, John A. (2017). Planctomycetes – new models for microbial cells and activities. Microbial resources: from functional existence in nature to applications. (pp. 1-27) edited by Ipek Kurtböke. London: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-804765-1.00001-1

  • Fuerst, John A. (2013). A final word: the future of planctomycetology and related studies. Planctomyctes: Structure, Origins and Cell Biology. (pp. 271-273) edited by John A. Fuerst. New York, NY, United States: Springer New York. doi: 10.1007/978-1-62703-502-6_12

  • Fuerst, John A., Webb, Richard I. and Sagulenko, Evgeny (2013). Cell compartmentalization and endocytosis in planctomycetes: structure and function in complex bacteria. Planctomycetes: Cell Structure, Origins and Biology. (pp. 39-75) edited by John A. Fuerst. New York, NY, United States: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-62703-502-6_2

  • Fuerst, John A. and Sagulenko, Evgeny (2013). Planctomycetes: their evolutionary implications for models for origins of eukaryotes and the eukaryote nucleus and endomembranes. Planctomycetes: Cell Structure, Origins and Biology. (pp. 243-270) edited by John A. Fuerst. New York, NY, United States: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-62703-502-6_11

  • Fuerst, John A. (2013). Preface. Planctomyctes: Structure, Origins and Cell Biology. (pp. v-vii) edited by John A. Fuerst. New York, NY, United States: Springer New York.

  • Fuerst, John A., Lee, Kuo-Chang and Butler, Margaret K. (2010). Genus III. Gemmata. Bergey's manual of systematic bacteriology. Volume four: The bacteroidetes, spirochaetes, tenericutes (mollicutes), acidobacteria, fibrobacteres, fusobacteria, dictyoglomi, gemmatimonadetes, lentisphaerae, verrucomicrobia, chlamydiae, and planctomycetes. (pp. 897-900) New York, NY, U.S.A.: Springer.

  • Fuerst, John A. and Butler, Margaret K. (2010). Genus V. Pirellula. Bergey's manual of systematic bacteriology. Volume four, The bacteroidetes, spirochaetes, tenericutes (mollicutes), acidobacteria, fibrobacteres, fusobacteria, dictyoglomi, gemmatimonadetes, lentisphaerae, verrucomicrobia, chlamydiae, and planctomycetes. (pp. 903-905) New York., U.S.A.: Springer.

  • Shively, J. M., Cannon, G. C., Heinhorst, S., Fuerst, J. A., Bryant, D. A., Gantt, E., Maupin-Farlow, J. A., Schuler, D., Pfeifer, F., Docampo. R., Dahl, C., Press, J., Steinbuchel, A. and Federici, B. A. (2009). Intracellular structures of prokaryotes: Inclusions, compartments and assemblages. Encyclopedia of Microbiology. (pp. 404-424) edited by Schaechter, Moselio. Oxford: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-012373944-5.00048-1

  • Fuerst, J A, Webb, R I, van Niftrik, L., Jetten, M. S. and Strous, M. (2006). Anammoxosomes of anaerobic ammonium-oxidizing planctomycetes. Complex Intracellular Structures in Prokaryotes. (pp. 259-283) edited by JM Shively. Germany: Springer.

  • Fuerst, J A (2006). Membrane-bounded nucleoids and pirellulosomes of planctomycetes. Complex Intracellular Structures in Prokaryotes. (pp. 229-257) edited by JM Shively. Germany: Springer-Verlag.

  • Sorokin, D.Y., Rainey, F.A., Webb, R. I. and Fuerst, J. A. (2005). Genus XXV: Sulfitobacter. Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology. (pp. 224-228) edited by Brenner, D. J, Krieg, N.R. and Staley and J.T.. New York, USA: Springer Science & Business Media, Inc..

  • Ward, N., Staley, J. T., Fuerst, J. A., Giovannoni, S., Schlesner, H. and Stackebrandt, E. (2004). The order Planctomycetales, including the genera Planctomyces, Pirellula, Gemmata and Isosphaera and the Candidatus genera Brocadia, Kuenenia and Scalindua. Proteobacteria: Delta and Epsilon Subclasses, Deeply Rooting Bacteria. (pp. 1-57) edited by M. Dworkin. New York: Springer-Verlag. doi: 10.1007/0-387-30747-8_31

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