The Ceballos Research Lab
and Greenhouse Bay


 A new NSF grant under Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems

(INFEWS/T3) has been awarded (PI: Ceballos, coPI: Evans-White, coPI: Mozzoni, coPI: Durand-Morat) 

INFEWS/T3: Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, United States Energy and Food Biotech Innovations Network (BACUS)

(For More Information on the INFEWS project) – click here

The Ceballos Lab is a cell and molecular biology, microbiology, and biochemistry lab dedicated to studying: (1) the evolution, ecology, and biogeography of microorganisms; (2) double-stranded DNA virus-host interactions and dynamics across domains of life; (3) impacts of viral infection on cell function; and, (4) development of microbial-based biotechnologies.  

The lab supports four core research projects with both U.S. and international partners:

Tropism of Herpesviruses in Selectively Differentiated Neural Stem Cells and Development of a Tunable 2D surface and 3D Matrix for Culturing Neurons 
(funded in part by an Arkansas NSF EPSCoR CASE SEED grant)

Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology: Thermophilic Enzyme Sequestration Platforms
(funded by a NSF MCB grant and a UA Chancellor’s Innovation-Commercialization Fund Award)

Microbial Biogeography and Virus-Host Interactions in Extremophiles
(funded by a NSF RCN grant, a NSF REU grant, and UA Institutional/VPRED Funds)

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

NSF RCN. In collaboration with: Can Tho University and Vietnam National University-(Vietnam); Chiang Mai University, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, and Mahasarakham University (Thailand); and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and Universiti Teknologi MARA (Malaysia) – 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.

NSF INFEWS. In collaboration with: University Sao Paulo and Sao Paulo State University (Brazil); Universidad Libre de Pereira and La Universidad Rural y Agropecuaria (Colombia); La Universidad Autonoma de Chile, Universidad de Los Lagos, and Pontificia Universidad Catolica (Chile) – the Ceballos Lab is part of a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional Food, Energy, Water Systems Biotechnology and Innovations Research Network focused on understanding the potential impacts of new technology on FEW systems. This includes modeling and forecasting economic and trade impacts. The lab is responsible for select components on a variety of collaborative and highly interdisciplinary projects with international partners. 

Dr. Ruben Michael Ceballos is an Assistant Professor in the University of Arkansas’ Department of Biological Sciences. He is a co-director of the Minority Institute Research Collaborative (MIRC).  Dr. Ceballos has been a member of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM), the American Society of Virology (ASV), and the Society for Neuroscience (SN). He  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 a 2006 NASA MIRS fellow, an Alfred P. Sloan Indigenous Graduate Program (SIGP) PhD Graduate Fellow, a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow, and a NSF IGERT Doctoral (PhD) trainee/graduate. Dr. Ceballos has a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, a master’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and a Ph.D. in Integrative Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Montana.  In 2015, he was certified as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute SEA-PHAGES certified PI. In 2018, he was a Jewish National Fund Faculty Fellow. 


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...


Applications for the 2019 NSF REU International summer internship program in Thailand are now open.  Please click on the Application link on the top menu bar and fill out our "Quick App". 

Welcome New Graduate Students…!

Welcome: Nour Fatema (Bangladesh), MS Student (CEMB); Jaspreet Kaur (India), PhD Student (CEMB); Yelimar Jimenez (Puerto Rico), PhD Student (CEMB); Blythe Bunkers (USA), PhD Student (CEMB).  We are glad you made it...!

Welcome New Graduate Students

The Ceballos Lab welcomes five new graduate students.  Kelsey Bevenour (B.S. in Physics, University of Delaware) joins the lab as a Ph.D. student in SPAC.  Abdul Alrezaihi (B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia; M.S. in...

Ceballos Lab secures a NSF MCB award

The Ceballos Lab secures 4-year $800,000 research grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB).  The award is in response to a proposal entitled, "Synthetic Biology: Impacts of Structural Alternations on...