Matthew "Moshe" Rhodes

Assistant Professor

Address: RITA 119


Ph.D. - Penn State University

B.A. - Cornell University

Research Interests

  • Microbial ecology of hypersaline environments
  • Horizontal gene transfer
  • The human microbiome


Neff. C. P., Rhodes, M. E.*, Donelly, J., Mazmanian, S. K., Colm, C., Palmer, B. E., and Lozupone, C. A., 2016 “Diverse intestinal bacteria with putative zwitterionic capsular polysaccharide operons can induce IL-10 and T-regulatory cells,” Cell Host and Microbe. 20:535-547. *Co-first Author

Lozupone, C.A., Rhodes, M.E., Neff, C.P., Fontenot, A.P., Campbell, T.B., and Palmer, B.E., 2014, “HIV-induced alteration in gut microbioita: Driving factors, consequences, and effects of antiretroviral therapy.” Gut Microbes, 5:562-570.

Frank, L.E., Benkov, K., Blaser, M., Hirschhorn, K., Moros, D. A., Philpott, S., Rhodes, M. E., and Sperling, R.  “The human microbiome: science, history, and research.”  Chapter in, The Human Microbiome: Ethical, Legal and Social Implications, Edited by R. Rhodes, N. Gligorov, and A. Schwab, 2013 Oxford University Press, New York, NY.

Rhodes, M. E., Oren, A., and House, C. H., 2012, “Dynamics and persistence of Dead Sea microbial populations as shown by high-throughput sequencing of rRNA.” Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78:2489.

Rhodes, M. E., Knelman, J., Lynch, R. C., Darcy, J. L., Nemergut, D. R., and Schmidt, S. K., 2012, “Structure and function of prokaryotic communities in soils of polar and high-elevation deserts.” Chapter in, The Prokaryotes: Prokaryotic Physiology, Biochemistry, and Biotechnology. Edited by E. Rosenberg, Springer.

Martino, A. J., Rhodes, M. E., Biddle, J. F., Brandt, L. D., Tomsho, L. and House, C. H., 2012, “Novel degenerate PCR method for whole genome amplification applied to Peru Margin (ODP Leg 201) subsurface samples” Frontiers in Extreme Microbiology 3:1-11.

Fierer, N., Ferrenberg, S., Flores, G. E., Gonzales, A., Kueneman, J., Legg, T., Lynch, R. C., McDonald, D., Mihaljevic, J. R., O’Neill, S. P., Rhodes, M. E., Song, S., and Walters, W. A., 2012. “From animalcules to an ecosystem: Application of ecological concepts to the human microbiome.” Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics. 43:137-155.

Rhodes, M. E., Spear, J. R., Oren, A., and House, C. H., 2011, “Differences in lateral gene transfer in hypersaline versus thermal environments,” BMC Evolutionary Biology, 11:199

Rhodes, M. E., Fitz-Gibbon, S., Oren, A., and House, C. H., 2010, “Amino acid signatures of salinity on an environmental scale with a focus on the Dead Sea,” Environmental Microbiology, 12:2613-2623.