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Nkrumah A. Grant

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Contact Information

Department of Microbiology
601 South Goodwin Ave
387 Burrill Hall
Urbana, IL 61801
Assistant Professor of Microbiology


B.S. (Biology), Grand Valley State University, 2014
Ph.D. (Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior), Michigan State University, 2020
Postdoctoral (Evolutionary Biotechnology), University of Idaho, 2020-2022
Postdoctoral (Microbiology), Michigan State University, 2022-2023

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Microbiology
Affiliate, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Highlighted Publications

Rohan Maddamsetti and Nkrumah Grant. 2022. Discovery of positive and purifying selection in metagenomic time series of hypermutator microbial populations PLOS Genetics doi:

Nkrumah A. Grant, Ali Abdel Magid, Joshua Franklin, Yann Dufour, Richard Lenski. 2021. Changes in cell size and shape over 50,000 generations of experimental evolution with Escherichia coli. Journal of Bacteriology JB.00469-20. doi:10.1128/JB.00469-20

Nkrumah A. Grant, Rohan Maddamsetti, Richard E. Lenski. 2021. Maintenance of metabolic plasticity despite relaxed selection for anaerobic growth in a Long-Term Evolution Experiment with Escherichia coli. The American Naturalist doi: 10.1086/714530

Zachary D. Blount†, Rohan Maddamsetti†, Nkrumah A. Grant†, Sumaya T. Ahmed, Tanush Jagdish, Brooke A. Sommerfeld, Alice Tillman, Jeremy Moore, Joan L. Slonczewski, Jeffrey E. Barrick, and Richard E. Lenski. 2020. Genomic and phenotypic evolution of Escherichia coli in a novel citrate-only resource environment. eLife 9e55414

Recent Publications

Alexander Lalejini, Austin J. Ferguson, Nkrumah A. Grant, Charles Ofria. 2021. Adaptive phenotypic plasticity stabilizes evolution in fluctuating environments. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution doi: 10.3389/fevo.2021.715381

Meghan A. Duffy, Carlos Garciá-Robledo, Swanne Gordon, Nkrumah A. Grant, Delbert A. Green II, Ambika Kamath, Rachel M. Penczykowski, María Rebolleda Gómez, Nina Wale, Luis Zaman. 2021. Model systems in ecology, evolution, and behavior: A call for diversity in our model systems and discipline. The American Naturalist doi: 10.1086/714574

Rohan Maddamsetti and Nkrumah Grant. 2020. Divergent evolution of mutation rates and biases in the long-term evolution experiment with Escherichia coli. Genome Biology and Evolution 12evaa178

Lenski, R.E., M. J. Wiser, N. Ribeck, Z. D. Blount, J. R. Nahum, J. J. Morris, L. Zaman, C. B. Turner, B. D. Wade, R. Maddamsetti, A. R. Burmeister, E. J. Baird, J. Bundy, N. A. Grant, K. J. Card, M. Rowles, K. Weatherspoon, S. E. Papoulis, R. Sullivan, C. Clark, J. S. Mulka, and N. Hajela. 2015. Sustained fitness gains and variability in fitness trajectories in the long-term evolution experiment with Escherichia coli. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London B 282: 20152292

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