Dr. Eva Top

Professor of Biology
Department of Biological Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences
Life Sciences South 258
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-3051

Office Phone: +01 (208) 885-5015
evatop [at] uidaho.edu
Lab: Life Sciences South 457
Lab Phone: +01 (208) 885-8858

Dr. Top is Professor of Biology at the University of Idaho. She has academic appointments in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology graduate program and is a member of IBEST, the Institute of Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies. She received her Masters and Ph. D degrees from the Ghent University in Belgium in biological engineering and microbial ecology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), Secretary for the International Society for Plasmid Biology and other Mobile Genetic Elements, Associate Editor for the journals Evolution and Plasmid, and an editorial board member for the ISME Journal. Her expertise lies at the interface of microbial ecology, evolution, genetics and genomics.

Her research is currently focused on the ecology and evolution of multi-drug resistance (MDR) plasmids in bacteria. Since rapid spread of MDR to human pathogens threatens the treatment of infectious diseases, novel therapies are needed that limit the spread of new resistance genes. However, the factors that determine successful transfer and persistence of MDR plasmids are still poorly understood. Her main research questions focus on the evolutionary mechanisms and dynamics of plasmid-bacteria co-evolution. She is also interested in the natural reservoirs, diversity and evolutionary history of MDR plasmids in environmental habitats, and studies the effects of spreading dairy manure on the abundance and diversity of MDR plasmid reservoirs in soils.