Cynthia Darnell

Cynthia Darnell

Address: 3-615D BSB
Phone: (319) 335-7938
Email: cynthia-darnell@uiowa.edu

Mentor: John R. Kirby, PhD

Undergraduate Institution: North Central College

Research Description

I study the role of chemosensory system 7 during multicellular development in the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus. Our studies reveal a potential role for lipid signaling during aggregation into macroscopic fruiting bodies during starvation. 


Morris AR, Darnell CL, Visick KL. Inactivation of a novel response regulator is necessary for biofilm formation and host colonization by Vibrio fischeri. Mol Microbiol. 2011 Oct;82(1):114-30.

Darnell CL, Hussa EA, Visick KL. The putative hybrid sensor kinase SypF coordinates biofilm formation in Vibrio fischeri by acting upstream of two response regulators, SypG and VpsR. J Bacteriol. 2008 Jul;190(14):4941-50.


  • Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing Fellowship, 2009-2012