The Ceballos Research Lab
and Greenhouse Bay



Adventures in Biology and Biodiversity: Remote REU
(Apply using the Application Link Above- NEW DEADLINE  April 15, 2020)



 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, Chile and United States Energy and Food Biotech Innovations Network (BACCUS)

(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 with an emphasis on thermophilic microbes; (2) mechanisms underlying double-stranded DNA virus-host dynamics across all three of the domains of life; (3) impacts of viral infection on cell function and cell-cell signaling; and, (4) development of microbial-based biotechnologies from thermophilic microbial systems.   

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

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)

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) 

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), the Microbiology Society (Europe), and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). 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).  Dr. Ceballos was selected as the NASA MIRS fellow (2006), an Alfred P. Sloan Indigenous Graduate Program (SIGP) PhD Graduate Fellow (2007-2010), a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow (2010), and a NSF IGERT Doctoral (PhD) trainee/graduate (2008-2010). Dr. Ceballos holds 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 selected as a Jewish National Fund Faculty Fellow. 









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...