B.S. Molecular Genetics (1988)  University of Rochester
M.A. Molecular Biology (1990)  Princeton University
Ph.D. Molecular Biology (1995)  Princeton University
Dr. Hecht is the STEM Symposium Coordinator and oversees the BioJobs material for Rowan students.
Research interests:  My main laboratory interests are in the application of microbial genetics techniques to environmental and applied microbiology questions.  All of these projects are very accessible to undergraduates. 
  • A major focus in the lab right now is on the process of microbial removal of soluble lead from the environment.   We have been studying mutants of Caulobacter crescentus that precipitate lead as Pb9(PO4)6, and are working to identify the genes involved in carrying out and regulating the process.  This project is being funded by the National Science Foundation, and includes money for summer student stipends and travel funds to present at the annual American Society for Microbiology meeting.
  • Another important project looks at developing improved microbial strains for improved bioethanol production.  This project involves teams of Biology and Chemical Engineering majors working together over two year periods.  Project components include strain development, toxicological analysis, and fermenter pilot studies. 
If you are an undergraduate student interested in joining up with any of these projects, you can get in touch with me at or stop by my office in SCI 201B. 


  • Mire, C.E., J.A. Tourjee, W.F. O'Brien, K.V. Ramanujachary, and G.B. Hecht. 2004. Lead precipitation by Vibrio harveyi: Evidence for novel quorum sensing interactions. Applied & Environmental Microbiology 70: 855-864.  Full text.
  • Hecht, G.B., P. Mosto, and C.S. Slater (2003). Effectiveness of an applied microbiology course specifically designed for chemical engineering majors. Microbiology Education 4: 13-22.  Full text.
  • Burton, G.J., G.B. Hecht, and A. Newton (1997). Roles of the histidine protein kinase PleC in Caulobactermotility and chemotaxis. Journal of Bacteriology179: 5849-5853.  Full text.
  • Hecht, G.B., and A. Newton (1995). Identification of a novel response regulator required for the swarmer-to-stalked-cell transition in Caulobacter crescentus. Journal of Bacteriology 177: 6223-6229.  Full text.
  • Hecht, G.B., T. Lane, N. Ohta, J.M. Sommer, and A. Newton (1995). An essential single domain response regulator required for normal cell division and differentiation in Caulobacter crescentus. EMBO Journal  14: 3915-3924.  Abstract.
  • Lane, T., A. Benson, G.B. Hecht, G. Burton, and A. Newton (1995). Switches and signal transduction networks in the Caulobacter crescentus cell cycle. In Signal Transducing Switches, J.A. Hoch and T.J. Silhavy, ed. American Society for Microbiology, Washington, DC
  • Newton, A., G.B. Hecht, T. Lane, and N. Ohta (1994). Role of histidine protein kinases and response regulators in cell division and polar morphogenesis in Caulobacter crescentus. In Cellular and Molecular Biology of Phosphate and Phosphorylated Compounds in Microorganisms, A.M. Torriani-Gorini, ed. American Society for Microbiology, Washington, DC.




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