Rebecca Steidl

Rebecca Steidl
Assistant Professor
(515) 643-6770

Office Location
ACE - 219

Mailing Address
Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-1239

Year Started at Mercy College: 2018

  • Department: Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS), Public Health


  • PhD Microbiology, Michigan State University (2015)
  • MS Biology, Illinois State University (2007)
  • BS Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Illinois State University (2004)

Courses Regularly Taught

  • BIO 130 - Principles of Microbiology
  • BIO 203 - Microbiology
  • BIO 400 - Pathogenic Microbiology

Research Interests and Professional Projects

  • Currently working on a the identification of genes associated with nickel defense in Bacillus subtilis in collaboration with Dr. Lee Macomber, Central College.
  • Dissertation: Hopping along the way: Genetic analysis of pili-mediated charge transport in Geobacter sulfurreducens.
  • Master's Thesis: Construction of LacZ fusion strains of Staphylococcus aureus for the use in high throughput screening for new antibiotics.

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • Publications:

1. Corbella, C., Steidl, R. J., Puigagut, J., Reguera, G. (2017) Electrochemical characterization of Geobacter lovleyi identifies limitations of microbial fuel cell performance in constructed wetlands. Intl. Micro. 20(2):55-64.
2. Cosert, K. M., Steidl, R. J., Castro-Forero, A., Worden, R. M., Reguera, G. (2017) Electronic characterization of Geobacter sulfurreducens pilins in self-assembled monolayers unmasks tunnelling and hopping conduction pathways. Phys Chem Chem Phys. 19, 11163-11172.
3. Steidl, R. J., Awate, B., Hamlischer, T., Reguera, G. (2017) Stimulation of electro-fermentation in single-chamber microbial electrolysis cells driven by genetically engineered anode biofilms. J. Power Sources 356:510-8.
4. Steidl, R. J., Lampa-Pastrik, S., Reguera, G. (2016) Mechanistic stratification in electroactive biofilms of Geobacter sulfurreducens mediated by pilus nanowires. Nat Comm. 7 (12217).
5. Lampa-Pastirk, S., Veazey, J., Walsh, K., Steidl, R. J., Tessmer, S., and Reguera, G. (2016) Thermally activated charge transport in microbial protein nanowires. Sci. Rep. 6 (23517).
6. Feliciano, G. T., Steidl, R. J. Reguera, G. (2015) Structural and functional insights into the conductive pili of Geobacter sulfurreducens revealed in molecular dynamics simulations. Phys Chem Chem Phys. 17(34), 22217-26.
1. Reguera, G., D. L. Cologgi, R. M. Worden, A. Castro Forero, R. Steidl (Mar. 21, 2017) Microbial Nanowires and Methods of Making and Using. U.S. Patent 9,601,227.
2. Reguera, G., R. Steidl (Sep 30, 2014) Microbial nanowires. U.S. Patent 8,846,890.

  • Presentations

1. Steidl, R. J., “Microbes, Metals, and Nanowires: Development of Microbes for Commercial Applications.” Andrews University. (Oct. 24 2016).
2. Steidl, R. J., “Hopping along the way: Genetic analysis of pili-mediated charge transport in Geobacter sulfurreducens.” Michigan State University. (Dissertation Seminar; August 14, 2015).
3. Steidl, R. J., “Genetic analyses of Geobacter sulfurreducens pilus nanowires in electroactive biofilms.” Michigan State University. (Awards Seminar; April 22, 2014).
4. Steidl, R.J., Lampa-Pastirk, S. and Reguera, G. “Wiring Electroactive Biofilms with Pilus Nanowires.” Michigan State University (General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Denver, CO, 2013).

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Microbiology (ASM)
  • Iowa Academy of Science

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