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 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...