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Biothreat Specialist

A UF molecular biologist and bioengineer, Mike Norris, employs the tiny yet expansive microcosms of molecular biology and bioengineering to probe ecological questions of how disease agents function within landscapes, and how we can best protect society against bioterrorism.

Norris studies tiny bacteria that are among the world’s most lethal. Burkholderia mallei, Burkholderia pseudomallei and Bacillus anthracis are the causative agents of glanders, melioidosis and anthrax. The trio form the axis of his career.