David Bollivar

Miner Linnaeus Sherff Endowed Professor of Botany

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Dr. Bollivar performs research focused on understanding the molecular biology and biochemistry of tetrapyrrole biosynthesis. The products of the tetrapyrrole biosynthetic pathway include heme, chlorophyll, and bacteriochlorophyll. These compounds are important for respiration and photosynthesis. The focus of his research incorporates studies of biochemical steps at various points in the pathway for making these compounds. He continues to work on the Mg-protoporphyrin IX monomethyl ester cyclases, two different enzymes that are involved in chlorophyll and bacteriochlorophyll biosynthesis under aerobic and anaerobic conditions.

Dr. Bollivar is also very interested in the diversity of bacteriophages that infect microorganisms. He is currently focused on isolating and characterizing bacteriophages that infect the bacterium Rhodobacter capsulatus.


  • Molecular Biology