Theresa E. Rogers

Theresa E. Rogers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
(805) 493-3889
Ahmanson Science Ctr 119

Office Hours: MW 3:30 - 5:00 PM; F 1:00 - 2:00 PM; Please email to make an appointment for a Zoom Meeting during these times.


Dr. Rogers is a microbiologist whose research interests include microbial communities of mammalian and insect gut systems, bacterial degradation of polysaccharides, regulatory RNAs, bacterial response to oxidative stress, and antibiotic resistance.  Her teaching interests include general and environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, molecular genetics, and introductory biology.

Prior to joining the CLU faculty, Dr. Rogers taught microbiology, introduction to environmental studies, and plant structure and function as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Alma College, Alma, MI.

During her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan, Dr. Rogers studied polysaccharide degradation by human intestinal symbionts of the genus Bacteroides.  She also studied polysaccharide degradation by the microbial community in the larval hindgut of the aquatic crane fly, Tipula abdominalis, at the University of Georgia.  Dr. Rogers earned her doctorate at the Ohio State University where she investigated a small RNA that modulates antibiotic resistance in the common food pathogen Bacillus cereus.  

Dr. Rogers is the faculty advisor for the Biological Honors Society and Biology Club, Beta Beta Beta.


Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan, Microbiology and Immunology

Ph.D., Ohio State University, Microbiology

M.S., University of Georgia, Microbiology

B.S., Ohio State University, Biology


Microbiology, bacterial physiology, bacterial culture and characterization, antibiotic resistance, RNA biology, metagenomics, and molecular biology.


  1. Tamura, K., Hemsworth, G.R., Dejean, G., Rogers, T.E., Pudlo, N.A., Urs, K., Jain, N., Davies, G.J., Martens, E.C., & Brumer, H. (2017) Molecular mechanism by which prominent human gut Bacteroidetes utilize mixed-linkage-glucans, major health-promoting cereal polysaccharides. Cell Reports, 21, 417-430.

  2. Bågenholm, V., Reddy, S.K., Bouraoui, H., Morrill, J., Kulcinskaja, E., Bahr, C.M., Aurelius, O., Rogers, T., Xiao, Y., Logan, D.T., Martens, E.C., Koropatkin, N.M., & Stålbrand, H.  (2017) Galactomannan catabolism conferred by a polysaccharide utilisation locus of Bacteroides ovatus: enzyme synergy and crystal structure of a β-mannanase. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 292, 229-243.  

  3. Rogowski, A., Briggs, J.A., Mortimer, J.C., Tryfona, T., Terrapon, N., Lowe, E.C., Baslé, A., Morland, C., Day, A.M., Zheng, H., Rogers, T.E., Thompson, P., Hawkins, A.R., Yadav, M.P., Henrissat, B., Martens, E.C., Dupree, P., Gilbert, H.J., & Bolam, D.N. (2015) Glycan complexity dictates microbial resource allocation in the large intestine. Nature Communications, 6, 7481.  

  4. Larsbrink, J.*, Rogers, T.E.*, Hemsworth, G.R.*, McKee, L.S., Tauzin, A.S., Spadiut, O., Klinter, S., Pudlo, N.A., Urs, K., Koropatkin, N.M., Creagh, A.L., Haynes, C.A., Kelly, A.G., Cederholm, S.N., Davies, G.J., Martens, E.C., & Brumer, H. (2014) A discrete genetic locus confers xyloglucan metabolism in select human gut Bacteroidetes. Nature, 506, 498-502. *Authors contributed equally.

  5. Rogers, T.E., Koropatkin, N.M., Bell, J.S., Moya-Balash, M., Jasker, K., & Martens, E.C. (2013) Dynamic responses of Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron during growth on complex glycan mixtures. Molecular Microbiology, 88,876-890.

  6. Rogers, T.E., Ataide, S.F., Dare, K., Katz, A., Seveau, S., Roy, H. & Ibba, M. (2012) A pseudo-tRNA modulates antibiotic resistance in Bacillus cereus. PLoS ONE 7(7): e41248.

  7. Rogers, T.E., & Doran Peterson, J.B. (2010) Analysis of cellulolytic and hemicellulolytic enzyme activity within the Tipula abdominalis (Say) (Diptera; Tipulidae) larval gut and characterization of Crocebacterium ilecola gen. nov., sp. nov., isolated from the Tipula abdominalis larval hindgut. Insect Science, 17, 291-302.

  8. Banerjee, R., Chen, S., Dare, K., Gilreath, M., Praetorius-Ibba, M., Reina, M., Reynolds, N., Rogers, T., Roy, H., Yadavalli, S.S., & Ibba, M. (2010) tRNA: Cellular barcodes for amino acids. FEBS Letters, 584, 387-395.

  9. Ataide, S.F., Rogers, T.E. & Ibba, M. (2009) The CCA anticodon specifies separate functions inside and outside translation in Bacillus cereus. RNA Biology. 6:479-487.

  10. Cook, D.M., Henriksen, E.D., Rogers, T.E., & Peterson, J.D. (2008) Klugiella xanthotipulae gen. nov., sp. nov., a novel member of the family Microbacteriaceae. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 58, 2779-2782.

  11. Ataide, S.F., Wilson, S.N., Dang, S., Rogers, T.E., Roy, B., Banerjee, R., Henkin, T.M., & Ibba, M. (2007) Mechanisms of resistance to an amino acid antibiotic that targets translation. ACS Chemical Biology, 2, 819-827.

  12. Prætorius-Ibba, M., Hausmann, C., Paras, M., Rogers, T.E., & Ibba, M. (2007) Functional association between three archaeal aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 282, 3680-3687.

  13. Prætorius-Ibba, M., Rogers, T.E., Samson, R., Kelman, Z., & Ibba, M. (2005) Association between archaeal prolyl-and leucyl-tRNA synthetases enhances tRNAPro aminoacylation. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 280, 26099-26104.

Grant Funding

2015. W.M. Keck Foundation Undergraduate Education Grant Program. 

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