Michael Carruthers

Assistant Professor Microbiology and Immunology
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
Office Phone 515-271-1647
Fax 515-271-1543
Email michael.carruthers@dmu.edu
  • Postdoctoral Scientist, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University, 2009 - 2013
  • Ph.D., Microbiology, Iowa State University, 2009
  • B.S., Microbiology, Iowa State University, 2004

Michael Carruthers joined the DMU faculty in January 2014. He recently completed his postdoctoral training at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, affiliated with Ohio State University, in Columbus. He earned his bachelor of science in microbiology in 2004 and his doctorate in microbiology in 2009, both from Iowa State University. Dr. Carruthers will teach microbiology and immunology to students in courses that span each of DMU’s colleges. In addition to teaching, Dr. Carruthers performs research that focuses on Gram-negative bacterial pathogens in the genus Acinetobacter. His specific research focus is on a newly characterized secretion system called the type VI secretion system (T6SS) that Acinetobacter utilizes as a poison-tipped, spring-loaded dagger to kill neighboring bacteria. He is interested in how Acinetobacter produces its T6SS, what specific proteins mediate the T6SS-associated anti-bacterial effects and what role the T6SS has in the diseases caused by Acinetobacter.