Athenia Oldham

Assistant Professor
Biology Program
Department of Biology
ST Room 2228

Biology Program

Department of Biology


  • PhD in Biology, 2010. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. At UTPB since 2015.

Research Area:

  • Microbial Ecology. Environmental microbiomes, quorum sensing and biofilms.

Current Teachings:

  • Undergraduate: General Biology I, Molecular Biology, and Immunology.
  • Graduate: Molecular Biology and Virology.

Select Publications:

  • Oldham AL, Steinberg MK, Duncan KE, Makama Z, Beech I. 2017. Molecular methods resolve the bacterial composition of natural marine biofilms on galvanically coupled stainless steel cathodes. Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. 44(2):167-180. doi: 10.1007/s10295-016-1887-7.

  • Bonifay V, Wawrik B, Sunner J, Snodgrass EC, Aydin E, Duncan KE, Callaghan AV, Oldham A, Liengen T, Beech I. 2017. Metabolomic and Metagenomic Analysis of Two Crude Oil Production Pipelines Experiencing Differential Rates of Corrosion. Frontiers in Microbiology. 8:99. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00099.

  • Gutarowska B, Celikkol-Aydin S, Bonifay V, Otlewska A, Aydin E, Oldham AL, Brauer J, Duncan KE, Adamiak J, Sunner JA, Beech IB. 2015. Metabolomic and high-throughput sequencing analysis - modern approach for the assessment of biodeterioration of materials from historic buildings. Frontiers in Microbiology. 6:979. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00979.
  • Lee JS, Ray RI, Little BJ, Duncan KE, Aktas DF, Oldham AL, Davidova IA, Suflita JM. 2014. Issues for storing plant-based alternative fuels in marine environments. Bioelectrochemistry. 97:145-53. doi: 10.1016/j.bioelechem.2013.12.003.
  • Oldham AL, Duncan KE. 2012. Similar gene estimates from circular and linear standards in quantitative PCR analyses using the prokaryotic 16S rRNA gene as a model. PLoS One. 7(12):e51931. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0051931.
  • Oldham AL, Drilling HS, Stamps BW, Stevenson BS, Duncan KE. 2012. Automated DNA extraction platforms offer solutions to challenges of assessing microbial biofouling in oil production facilities. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology Express. 2(1):60. doi: 10.1186/2191-0855-2-60.
  • Suflita JM, Aktas DF, Oldham AL, Perez-Ibarra BM, Duncan KE. 2012. Molecular tools to track bacteria responsible for fuel deterioration and microbiologically influenced corrosion. Biofouling. 28(9):1003-10. doi: 10.1080/08927014.2012.723695.
  • Lee JS, Ray RI, Little BJ, Duncan KE, Oldham AL, Davidova IA, Suflita JM. 2012. Sulphide production and corrosion in seawaters during exposure to FAME diesel. Biofouling. 28(5):465-78. doi: 10.1080/08927014.2012.687723.
Last Updated: 10/30/2019