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JT Van Leuven

JT Van Leuven

Research Assistant Professor


IRIC 333

Mailing Address

Dept. of Biological Sciences
University of Idaho
IRIC 333
875 Perimeter MS 1122
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1122

Microbial genomics and evolution

Originally from Spokane, WA, I spent time in Montana as an undergraduate and graduate student. As an undergrad, I studied melanistic garter snakes around Townsend, MT ( As a senior, I became interested in microbiology and joined Dr. John McCutcheon’s lab at the University of Montana (, where I used genomics and microscopy to uncover the role of endosymbiotic bacteria in cicadas. Because of an interest in studying the interactions between viruses, bacteria, and animals, I joined the Institute for Modeling Collaboration and Innovation (IMCI) in 2016 as a postdoc where I received training in bacteriophage experimental evolution and statistical modeling.


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