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Rachel Morris

Rachel Morris, Ph.D. MLT(ASCP)CM
Teaching Specialist
Phone: (517) 432-2609
Fax: (517) 432-2006

Dr. Morris earned an A.S. of Medical Laboratory Science and a B.A. in Biology from the University of Maine at Augusta. She earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (specialization: Microbiology) from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI in 2011. Her postdoctoral research was completed both in the department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University and in the University of Michigan Medical School (Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases).

Dr. Morris joined the BLD faculty in 2014. She teaches pathology, molecular diagnostics, and writing, and serves as the graduate program director. She has been passionate about science education throughout her career, mentoring and teaching high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Since 2018, she has been the co-host of the podcast Speaking Science, which seeks to translate the science that affects our daily lives.

Her areas of research interest include the microbial ecology of anaerobic wastewater treatment, the physiology and ecology of bacteria in low oxygen environments, diagnostic microbiology, and faculty development.


  • R. L. Morris and T. M. Schmidt. Shallow Breathing: Life at Low O2. (Nature Reviews Microbiology, March 2013)
  • R.L. Morris, A.E. Schauer-Gimenez, C. Kearney, C.A. Struble, D.H. Zitomer, J.S. Maki. Methyl Coenzyme M Reductase (mcrA) Gene Abundance Correlates with Activity Measurements of Methanogenic H2/CO2 Enriched Anaerobic Biomass (Microbial Biotechnology, January 2014).
  • R.L. Morris, P.P. Mathai, V.P. Tale, D.H. Zitomer, J.S. Maki. mcrA Gene Copy Quantification and Methane Production Rates in Industrial and Municipal Anaerobic Biomass (Letters in Applied Microbiology, October 2015).


North Kedzie Hall
354 Farm Lane, Room N322
East Lansing, MI 48824-5672
  (517) 353-7800
  (517) 432-2006