Professor of Biology
Department of Biological Sciences
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.