James E. Berleman
  • Life Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Microbiology


Ph.D. in Microbiology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 2004

Current position

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA
Project Scientist, Life Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA


  1. Keane, R. and Berleman, J. (2015). The predatory life cycle of Myxoccocus xanthus. Microbiology. (Epub ahead of print)
  2. Eckhert, E., Rangamani, P., Davis, A. E., Oster, G. and Berleman, J. E. (2014). Dual biochemical oscillators may control cellular reversals in Myxococcus xanthus. Biophys J 107(11): 2700-2711.
  3. Berleman, J. E., Allen, S., Danielewicz, M. A., Remis, J. P., Gorur, A., Cunha, J., Hadi, M. Z., Zusman, D. R., Northen, T. R., Witkowska, H. E. and Auer, M. (2014). The lethal cargo of Myxococcus xanthus outer membrane vesicles. Front Microbiol 5: 474.
  4. Remis, J. P., Wei, D., Gorur, A., Zemla, M., Haraga, J., Allen, S., Witkowska, H. E., Costerton, J. W., Berleman, J. E. and Auer, M. (2014). Bacterial social networks: structure and composition of Myxococcus xanthus outer membrane vesicle chains. Environ Microbiol 16(2): 598-610.
  5. Louie, K. B., Bowen, B. P., Cheng, X., Berleman, J. E., Chakraborty, R., Deutschbauer, A., Arkin, A. and Northen, T. R. (2013). "Replica-extraction-transfer" nanostructure-initiator mass spectrometry imaging of acoustically printed bacteria. Anal Chem 85(22): 10856-10862.
  6. Berleman, J. and Auer, M. (2013). The role of bacterial outer membrane vesicles for intra- and interspecies delivery. Environ Microbiol 15(2): 347-354.
  7. Kaimer, C., Berleman, J. E. and Zusman, D. R. (2012). Chemosensory signaling controls motility and subcellular polarity in Myxococcus xanthus. Curr Opin Microbiol 15(6): 751-757.
  8. Berleman, J. E., Vicente, J. J., Davis, A. E., Jiang, S. Y., Seo, Y. E. and Zusman, D. R. (2011). FrzS regulates social motility in Myxococcus xanthus by controlling exopolysaccharide production. PLoS One 6(8): e23920.
  9. Marden, J. N., Dong, Q., Roychowdhury, S., Berleman, J. E. and Bauer, C. E. (2011). Cyclic GMP controls Rhodospirillum centenum cyst development. Mol Microbiol 79(3): 600-615.
  10. Berleman, J. E. and Kirby, J. R. (2009). Deciphering the hunting strategy of a bacterial wolfpack. FEMS Microbiol Rev 33(5): 942-957.
  11. Berleman, J. E., Scott, J., Chumley, T. and Kirby, J. R. (2008). Predataxis behavior in Myxococcus xanthus. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 105(44): 17127-17132.
  12. Masuda, S., Berleman, J., Hasselbring, B. M. and Bauer, C. E. (2008). Regulation of aerobic photosystem synthesis in the purple bacterium Rhodospirillum centenum by CrtJ and AerR. Photochem Photobiol Sci 7(10): 1267-1272.
  13. Berleman, J. E. and Kirby, J. R. (2007). Multicellular development in Myxococcus xanthus is stimulated by predator-prey interactions. J Bacteriol 189(15): 5675-5682.
  14. Kirby, J. R., Berleman, J. E., Muller, S., Scott, S. C., Wilson, J. M. Chemosensory signal transduction systems in Myxococcus xanthus.
  15. Din, N., T. H. Bird and J. E. Berleman. Use of the phototactic ability of a bacterium to teach the genetic principles of random mutagenesis
  16. Berleman, J. E., Chumley, T., Cheung, P. and Kirby, J. R. (2006). Rippling is a predatory behavior in Myxococcus xanthus. J Bacteriol 188(16): 5888-5895
  17. Berleman, J. E. and Bauer, C. E. (2005). Involvement of a Che-like signal transduction cascade in regulating cyst cell development in Rhodospirillum centenum. Mol Microbiol 56(6): 1457-1466.
  18. Berleman, J. E. and Bauer, C. E. (2005). A che-like signal transduction cascade involved in controlling flagella biosynthesis in Rhodospirillum centenum. Mol Microbiol 55(5): 1390-1402.
  19. Berleman, J. E., Hasselbring, B. M. and Bauer, C. E. (2004). Hypercyst mutants in Rhodospirillum centenum identify regulatory loci involved in cyst cell differentiation. J Bacteriol 186(17): 5834-5841.
  20. Berleman, J. E. and Bauer, C. E. (2004). Characterization of cyst cell formation in the purple photosynthetic bacterium Rhodospirillum centenum. Microbiology 150(Pt 2): 383-390.
  21. Shipman, J. A., Berleman, J. E. and Salyers, A. A. (2000). Characterization of four outer membrane proteins involved in binding starch to the cell surface of Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron. J Bacteriol 182(19): 5365-5372.