Skip to main content

Septer, Alecia

Adjunct Associate Professor
4202C Venable/Murray Hall
(919) 843-3410 (office)


  • Interbacterial interactions affecting community structure and function
  • Genetic determinants of bacterial social interactions
  • Marine host-microbe interactions


  • 2014 – 2015 Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Life Sciences Research Fellow, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2012 – 2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow (GBMF LSRF Fellow 2013-2014), Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University
  • 2012 PhD in Microbiology, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow, Univerisity of Georgia
  • 2006 B.Sc. in Microbiology, Biological Scholars Program, The Ohio State University


    AN Septer, JL Bose, A Lipzen, J Martin, CA Whistler, and EV Stabb. Bright luminescence of Vibrio fischeriaconitase mutants reveals a connection between citrate and the Gac/Csr regulatory system. Molecular Microbiology. (2015)

    N Sullivan, AN Septer, AT Fields, LM Wenren, and KA Gibbs. The complete genome sequence of strain BB2000 reveals differences from the Proteus mirabilis reference strain. Genome Announcements. September/October 2013 1:e00024-13. (2013)

    LM Wenren, N Sullivan, L Cardarelli, AN Septer, and KA Gibbs. Two independent pathways for self recognition inProteus mirabilis are linked by type VI-dependent export. doi: 10.1128/mBio.00374-13 23 July 2013 mBio vol. 4 no. 4 e00374-13. (2013)

    AN Septer, NL Lyell, and EV Stabb. The iron-dependent regulator Fur controls pheromone-signaling and luminescence in the squid symbiont Vibrio fischeri ES114. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. vol. 79 no. 6 1826-1834 (2013)

    AN Septer and EV Stabb. Coordination of the Arc regulatory system and pheromone-mediated positive feedback in controlling the Vibrio fischeri lux operon. PLOS ONE. vol 7, issue 1; e49590. (2012)

    HA Dailey, AN Septer, L Daugherty, D Thames, S Gerdes, EV Stabb, AK Dunn, TA Dailey, and JD Phillips. TheEscherichia coli protein YfeX functions as a porphyrinogen oxidase, not a heme dechelatase. mBio. Nov/Dec, vol 2, issue 6; e00248-11. (2011)

    AN Septer, Y Wang, EG Ruby, EV Stabb, and AK Dunn. The haem-uptake gene cluster in Vibrio fischeri is regulated by Fur and contributes to symbiotic colonization. Environmental Microbiology. 13(11)2855-2864. (2011)

    JL Bose, MS Wollenberg, D Colton, MJ Mandel, AN Septer, AK Dunn and EV Stabb. Contribution of rapid evolution of the luxR-luxI intergenic region to the diverse bioluminescence outputs of Vibrio fischeri strains isolated from different environments. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 77(7):2445-2457. (2011)

    AN Septer*, JL Bose, AK Dunn, and EV Stabb. FNR-mediated regulation of bioluminescence and anaerobic respiration in the light-organ symbiont Vibrio fischeri. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 306:72-81. (* Indicates co-first authorship) (2010)

    M Merighi, AN Septer*, A Carroll-Portillo, A Bhatiya, S Porwollik, M McClelland, JS Gunn. Genome-wide analysis of the PreA/PreB (QseB/QseC) regulon of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. BMC Microbiol. 9:42. (* Indicates co-first authorship) (2009)