The Ceballos Research Lab
and Greenhouse Bay





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The Ceballos Lab is a standard cellular/molecular biology, microbiology, and biochemistry lab dedicated primarily to the study of: evolution, ecology, and biogeography of microorganisms; double-stranded DNA virus-host interactions across domains of life; and, the impacts of viral infection on cell function.  In general, the lab is interested in the role of virus-mediated horizontal gene transfer on phenotype and evolutionary trajectories.

There are four core research projects in the lab with both U.S. and international partners:

Tropism of Herpesviruses in Selectively Differentiated Neural Stem Cells
(funded by an Arkansas NSF EPSCoR CASE SEED grant)

Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology: Thermophilic Enzyme Sequestration Platforms
(funded by a NSF MCB grant)

Microbial Biogeography and Virus-Host Interactions in Extremophiles
(funded by a NSF RCN grant and Institutional Funds)

Food, Energy, Water and Ecosystems Resources:  Interdisciplinary Projects
(funded by NSF RCN and NSF REU grants)

In collaboration with Can Tho University and Vietnam National University-Hanoi (Vietnam); Chiang Mai University, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, and Mahasarakham University (Thailand); the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and the Universiti Teknologi MARA (Malaysia); and, Bangalore University (India) – the Ceballos Lab is part of a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional Food, Energy, Water, and Ecosystems Research Network focused on research in: Aquatic Biology/Microbiology and Ecosystems Science; Traditional Plants and Natural Products; Biofuel Feedstocks and Enzyme Systems; and, Impacts of Climate Change and Anthropogenic Disturbances on Ecosystems including the Lower Mekong Basin. The lab is responsible for select components on a variety of highly collaborative and highly interdisciplinary projects with international partners.

Dr. Ceballos is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Arkansas. He is a co-director of the Minority Institute Research Collaborative (MIRC). Dr. Ceballos holds life-time memberships at both the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). He was the 2006 NASA MIRS fellow, an Alfred P. Sloan Indigenous Graduate Program (SIGP) fellow, NSF IGERT Doctoral (PhD) trainee, and  Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow. Dr. Ceballos has a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, a master’s degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and a Ph.D. in Integrative Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Montana. He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute SEA-PHAGES certified PI  (2015) and a Jewish National Fund Faculty Fellow (2018). 


Welcome Allison Bratcher…!

A warm welcome to Allison Bratcher, who comes to the lab as a post-bacc for the Fall Semester 2019 pending processing of her PhD application for a Spring 2020 start in the CEMB program.

Welcome Carson Stacy…!

A warm welcome to Carson Stacy. Carson come to the lab as a graduate of UA to work as a post-baccalaureate lab technician/lab manager.

Congratulations to Huong “Maggie” Hoang CEMB MS Completed..!

Congratulations to Huong "Maggie" Hoang who completed all requirements and successfully defended her master's thesis entitled, "Genetic Relationships using Mitochondrial versus Nuclear Markers: Is The Catfish Rag1 Gene Suitable for Species Differentiation in The...

New Journal Article Published

In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Bergen in Norway, a new article has been accepted to Frontiers in Microbiology: Global Biogeographic Distribution Patterns of Thermoacidophilic Verrucomicrobia Methanotrophs Suggest Allopatric Evolution by...

Welcome Dr. Elizabeth Padilla Crespo…!

The Ceballos Lab welcomes Dra. Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo from La Universidad InterAmericana de Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.  Dr. Padilla is an accomplished scientist whose research focuses on microbiology and the use of microbes in biotechnology. She is visiting the...

Welcome Jorge Bueno Prieto !

The Ceballos Lab welcomes Mr. Jorge Bueno Prieto from Colombia, who is pursuing a PhD at La Universidad Alcala de Henares (Spain).  Dr. Ceballos serves on Jorge's PhD committee. Jorge will be visiting the lab periodically over the next two years.  Jorge also...

Congratulations Jennie Finch…!

Ms. Jennie Finch, an undergraduate Biology Honors student in the lab has recently been awarded the 2019-2020 Guerdon D. Nichols Scholarship from the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.  As part of the Ceballos Lab, Jennie is engaged in a research...