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Associate Professor of Biology

John Dahl

University of Minnesota

John Dahl is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at the University of Minnesota. As an
undergraduate at the University of Washington, he participated in a summer-long dinosaur excavation
of a triceratops in the badlands of eastern Montana. He served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer
in the Caribbean and worked as a biological observer for the National Marine Fisheries Service in
Alaska before receiving his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Virginia and post-doctoral
training at the National Institutes of Health. He has published numerous research papers on topics
including prokaryotic gene regulation, virulence properties of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, ecological
relationships between bacteria and invertebrates, and the discovery of novel mycobacterial species. He
has led undergraduate microbiology students to Poland and performed research at a pharmaceutical
company in Tokyo, Japan discovering novel antibiotics. As an educator, he has taught courses on
general, medical, and environmental aspects of microbiology, as well as courses on molecular biology,
tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. He has received several teaching awards including the 2004 Excellence in
Teaching Award and the 2004 Thomas Lutz Science Teaching Award from Washington State University
and the 2010 Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2011 Inspirational Teacher of the Life Sciences Award
from the University of Minnesota.