Nicole Podnecky Assistant Professor of Biology

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Ph.D. in Microbiology – Colorado State University
B.S. Microbiology – University of Vermont

Areas of Expertise

Microbiology (Antimicrobial Resistance, Efflux Pumps, Infectious Disease, Clinical Bacteriology, BioSafety), Molecular Genetics (Molecular Detection & Diagnostics, Molecular Cloning, Whole Genome Sequencing, Transcription Analysis)

Courses I Teach:

  • BI 215 – Epidemiology
  • BI 230 – General Microbiology
  • BI 235 – Infectious Diseases

Career Timeline

  • 2020-current – Assistant Professor; Dept. of Biology, Saint Michael’s College
  • 2015-2020 – Post-Doctoral Research Fellow; Dept. of Pharmacy, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway
  • 2014-2015 – Post-Doctoral Researcher, Dept. of Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology, Colorado State University
  • 2008-2013 – Ph.D.; Dept. of Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology, Colorado State University
  • 2007-2008 – Emerging Infectious Diseases Advanced Training Fellow; Association of Public Health Laboratories / Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • 2004-2007 – Microbiology Intern / Technician / Undergraduate Researcher; Vermont Dept. of Health Laboratory
  • 2003-2007 – B.S.; Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Vermont

Life Off Campus:

I love being outdoors, whether it’s hiking mountaintops, skiing glades, or just exploring the world and taking in the sights.  I am passionate about art (photography & illustration primarily), and I really enjoy playing organized sports like soccer, volleyball, and tennis with friends.


The majority of my work focuses on identifying and characterizing antimicrobial resistance traits in Gram-negative bacteria. I want to better understand the molecular mechanisms that contribute to resistance, how we can detect it, and what we can do to ensure that we have efficacious treatment options in the future.


  • Podnecky, NL, EGA Fredheim, J Kloos, V Sørum, R Primicerio, AP Roberts, DE Rozen, Ø Samuelsen, & PJ Johnsen. (2018) Conserved collateral susceptibility networks in diverse clinical strains of Escherichia coli. Nat Commun 9(1): 3673.
  • Rhodes, KA, N Somprasong, NL Podnecky, T Mima, S Chirakul & HP Schweizer. (2018) Molecular determinants of Burkholderia pseudomallei BpeEF-OprC efflux pump expression. Microbiol 164(9): 1156-1167.
  • Kolton, CB, NL Podnecky, SV Shadomy, JE Gee, and AR Hoffmaster. (2017) Bacillus anthracis gamma phage lysis among soil bacteria: an update on test specificity. BMC Res Notes 10:598.
  • Podnecky, NL, KA Rhodes, T Mima, HR Drew, S Chirakul, V Wuthiekanun, JM Schupp, DS Sarovich, BJ Currie, P Keim, & HP Schweizer. (2017) Mechanisms of resistance to folate pathway inhibitors in Burkholderia pseudomallei: Deviation from the norm. Mbio 8(5): e1357-13617.
  • Koening, CL, SG Peterson, NL Podnecky, HP Schweizer, DY Li, & BJ Katz. (2016) Absence of bacteria in the temporal arteries of patients with giant cell arteritis. J Clin Rheumatol 22(1): 43-44.
  • Podnecky, NL, KA Rhodes, & HP Schweizer. (2015) Efflux pump-mediated drug resistance in Burkholderia. Front Microbiol 6: 305, 1-10.
  • Silva, EB, A Goodyear, MD Sutherland, NL Podnecky, M Gonzalez-Juarrero, HP Schweizer, & SW Dow. (2013) Correlates of immune protection following cutaneous immunization with an attenuated Burkholderia pseudomallei Infect Immun 81(12): 4626-4634.
  • Podnecky, NL, V Wuthiekanun, SJ Peacock, & HP Schweizer. (2013) The BpeEF-OprC efflux pump is responsible for widespread trimethoprim resistance in clinical and environmental Burkholderia pseudomallei Antimicrob Agents Chemother 57(9): 4381-4386.
  • Podnecky, NL, MG Elrod, BR Newton, LA Dauphin, J Shi, S Chawalchitiporn HC Baggett, AR Hoffmaster, & JE Gee. (2013) Comparison of DNA extraction kits for detection of Burkholderia pseudomallei in spiked human whole blood using real-time PCR. PLoS One 8(2): e58032.

Recent News

Nicole Podnecky joined the faculty at Saint Michael’s College as an Assistant Professor of Biology in Fall 2020.