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Guy Edmund Townsend, PhD

Guy Edmund Townsend, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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Research Interests

  • Bacteria
  • Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron
  • Polysaccharides
  • Genes
  • Proteins
  • Nutrients
  • Carbohydrates
  • Growth
  • Mesorhizobium
  • Dietary Sugars
  • Gastrointestinal Microbiome
  • Bacteroides

Recent Publications


Krypotou, E, Townsend, GE, Gao, X, Tachiyama, S, Liu, J, Pokorzynski, ND, Goodman, AL & Groisman, EA 2023, 'Bacteria require phase separation for fitness in the mammalian gut', Science, vol. 379, no. 6637, eabn7229.
Pearce, VH, Groisman, EA & Townsend, GE 2023, 'Dietary sugars silence the master regulator of carbohydrate utilization in human gut Bacteroides species', Gut microbes, vol. 15, no. 1, 2221484.
Modesto, JL, Pearce, VH & Townsend, GE 2023, 'Harnessing gut microbes for glycan detection and quantification', Nature communications, vol. 14, no. 1, 275.


Han, W, Peng, BZ, Wang, C, Townsend, GE, Barry, NA, Peske, F, Goodman, AL, Liu, J, Rodnina, MV & Groisman, EA 2023, 'Gut colonization by Bacteroides requires translation by an EF-G paralog lacking GTPase activity', EMBO Journal, vol. 42, no. 2, e112372.


Townsend, GE, Han, W, Schwalm, ND, Hong, X, Bencivenga-Barry, NA, Goodman, AL & Groisman, EA 2020, 'A master regulator of bacteroides thetaiotaomicron gut colonization controls carbohydrate utilization and an alternative protein synthesis factor', mBio, vol. 11, no. 1, e03221-19.