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Klas Udekwu

Klas I. Udekwu

Assistant Professor


Gibb 131



Mailing Address

Dept. of Biological Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter MS 3051
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3051

Research: Microbial Population Dynamics

  • Ph.D, Uppsala University (Dept. of Cell & Molecular Biology), RNA Biochemistry / Microbiology, 2007
  • MSc., Uppsala University (Dept. of Biological Sciences), Molecular Biology, 2002

Initial undergraduate studies include Preclinical Medicine and Chemistry in the Universities of Nigeria and Pittsburgh respectively before moving to Uppsala University, Sweden where I finished with a combined Masters degree in Molecular Biology. I continued to a PhD in Microbiology (small RNA biochemistry and microbial physiology) at the department of Cell & Molecular Biology under E Gerhart Wagner. During my studies I was recruited to the laboratory of Prof. Bruce Levin at Emory University, with whom I worked for three years on Mathematical Biology and the Pharmacodynamics of Antibiotic Treatment. I later returned to Sweden where I worked first at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm and Stockholm University teaching and carrying out independent research. During this period, we developed microfluidic devices and microbial bioreactors for studying microbial population responses to antibiotic treatment. During the COVID pandemic my team of collaborators carried out sampling and analysis of SARS-CoV-2 levels in the built environment. As of August 2022, I joined the College of Science at the University of Idaho as an Assistant Professor of Microbiology.

Microbial communities in the Built Environment

Metagenomics-based microbial community ecology outreach to High school students in Stockholm, Sweden.

Microbial Population Dynamics, Optimizing antibiotic treatment regimens while maintaining gut microbiome health, Minimizing antimicrobial resistance development and spread in antibiotics-exposed populations, Rational design of intervention strategies in microbiome composition.

Anaerobic synthetic gut microbial communities in continuous flow conditions.


Department of Biological Sciences

Physical Address:
Life Sciences South 252

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3051
Moscow, ID 83844-3051

Phone: 208-885-6280

Fax: 208-885-7905


Web: Department of Biological Sciences