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Research Interests

Research Topics

Archaea, Biofuels, Enzymology, Genomics, Host-Pathogen Interactions, Molecular Evolution, Protein Structure, Protein-Nucleic Acid Interactions


B.Sc (Hons) Animal Sciences, University of Ghana 1986
M.S. (Rumen Microbiology), Mie University, Japan, 1991
Ph.D. (Rumen Microbiology), Mie University, Japan, 1994
Postdoctoral (Anaerobic Microbiology), Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, 1994-1997

Professional Information

Molecular biology and biochemistry of archaeal DNA replication; host-microbiome interactions; enzymes of plant cell wall hydrolysis

The research of the Cann lab focuses on three areas:

  • DNA replication in the archaeal domain of life
  • Host-microbiome interactions and their effects on health and disease
  • Enzymes of importance to biofuel production

Isaac Cann is a member of two themes at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), and his research is carried out at the space shared by his affiliated themes [Microbiome Metabolic Engineering (MME) and Biocomplexity (BCXT)] with others at the IGB.

Honors & Awards

National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2003
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study 2005
Excellence in Guiding Undergraduate Research Award (UIUC) 2012
Paul A. Funk Award, College of ACES 2014

Office Address

3408 Institute for Genomic Biology
1206 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Phone

(217) 333-2090


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