Scott D Soby, Ph.D.

Associate Program Director
Glendale, AZ

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Dr. Soby graduated from the University of California, Davis with a PhD in plant pathology, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Sainsbury Institute, Norwich, UK and in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Arizona. Dr. Soby is Professor and Associate Program Director in Biomedical Sciences of the College of Graduate Studies with an appointment in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He teaches two microbiology courses to Biomedical Sciences students, and an elective in bacterial genomics.

Title
Associate Program Director

Campus
Glendale, AZ

College
College of Graduate Studies - AZ
College of Veterinary Medicine

Department
Biomedical Sciences

Program
Biomedical Sciences (M.A.)
Biomedical Sciences (M.B.S.)
Veterinary Medicine

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Office

623-572-3620

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ssobyx@midwestern.edu

Education

University of California
Davis | 1989 | Ph.D.
Northeastern University | 1984 | M.S.
Graceland University | 1979 | B.S.

Courses Taught

BMMAG_BMMSG 525 Microbiology I

BMMAG_BMMSG 526 Microbiology II

Research

The Soby lab has been working to understand the bacteria and fungi that populate wetlands soils and plants, and the contributions of these microbes to plant health and disease. We use the wild and cultivated cranberry bogs of southeastern Massachusetts as our model system, and have collected several thousand individual bacterial and fungal isolates from these environments. Three major advances have come from this work:

  • Almost all of the microbes isolated from wild and cultivated cranberry ecosystems represent new species.
  • Bacterial population structures are independent of agricultural inputs (i.e. there is no observable correlation between bacterial populations and cultivation).
  • A significant portion of bacteria isolated from bog soils produce volatile compounds (VOCs) that inhibit fungal growth.

Publications

Harrison A, Soby SD. Reclassification of Chromobacterium violaceum ATCC 31532 and its Quorum Biosensor Mutant CV026 to Chromobacterium subtsugae. Submitted to AMB Express August, 2020.

Ebadzadsahrai G, Higgins Keppler EA, Soby SD, Bean HD. Inhibition of Fungal Growth and Induction of a Novel Volatilome in Response to Chromobacterium vaccinii Volatile Organic Compounds. Front Microbiol. 2020;11:1035. Published 2020 May 20. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2020.01035

Ebadzadsahrai G, Soby S. 2020. Draft genome sequence of Pseudomonas sp. strain MWU12-2323, isolated from a wild cranberry bog in Truro, Massachusetts. Microbiology Resource Announcements. 9:e01387-19. https://doi.org/10.1128/MRA.01387-19.

Ebadzadsahrai GSoby S. 16S rRNA Amplicon Profiling of Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait.) Flower and Berry Surfaces. Microbiology Resource Announcements. 2019 Jan 24;8(4). pii: e01479-18. doi: 10.1128/MRA.01479-18. eCollection 2019 Jan.

Ebadzadsahrai GSoby S. Draft Genome Sequence of Aquitalea sp. Strain MWU14-2217, Isolated from a Wild Cranberry Bog in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Microbiology Resource Announcements. 2018 Nov 29;7(21). pii: e01493-18. doi: 10.1128/MRA.01493-18. eCollection 2018 Nov.

Ebadzadsahrai GThomson JSoby S. Draft Genome Sequence of Pseudomonas sp. Strain MWU12-2534b, Isolated from a Wild Cranberry Bog in Truro, Massachusetts. Microbiology Resource Announcements. 2018 Oct 4;7(13). pii: e01005-18. doi: 10.1128/MRA.01005-18. eCollection 2018 Oct.

Ebadzadsahrai GThomson JSoby S. Draft Genome Sequence of Pseudomonas sp. Strain MWU13-2860, Isolated from a Wild Cranberry Bog in Truro, Massachusetts. Microbiology Resource Announcements. 2018 Oct 4;7(13). pii: e01007-18. doi: 10.1128/MRA.01007-18. eCollection 2018 Oct.

Ebadzadsahrai GThomson JSoby S. Draft Genome Sequences of Pseudomonas MWU13-2625 and MWU12-2115, Isolated from a Wild Cranberry Bog at the Cape Cod National Seashore.  Microbiology Resource Announcements. 2018 Sep 27;7(12). pii: e00992-18. doi: 10.1128/MRA.00992-18. eCollection 2018 Sep.

Kämpfer PGlaeser SPSoby SD. Chromobacterium pseudoviolaceum Kämpfer et al. 2009 is a later heterotypic synonym of Chromobacterium violaceum Bergonzini 1880. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 2018 Sep;68(9):2967-2968. doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.002930. Epub 2018 Jul 20.

O'Hara-Hanley K, Harrison A, Soby SD. Draft Genomic Sequences of Chromobacterium sp. nov. Strains MWU13-2610 and MWU14-2602, Isolated from Wild Cranberry Bogs in Massachusetts. Genome Announcements. 2018 Apr 12;6(15). pii: e00332-18. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00332-18.

Soby SD. Draft Genome Sequence of Chromobacterium aquaticum CC-SEYA-1, a Nonpigmented Member of the Genus Chromobacterium. Genome Announcements. 2017;5(12):e01661-16. doi:10.1128/genomeA.01661-16.

Vöing K, Harrison A, Soby SD. Draft Genome Sequence of Chromobacterium subtsugae MWU12-2387 Isolated from a Wild Cranberry Bog in Truro, Massachusetts. Genome Announcements. 2017;5(12):e01633-16. doi:10.1128/genomeA.01633-16.

Soby SD. Draft Genomic Sequence of C. pseudoviolaceum LMG 3953(T), an enigmatic member of the genus Chromobacterium. Genome Announcements. 2017 Mar 23;5(12). pii: e01632-16. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.01632-16.

Soby SD. Thomas Malthus, Ester Boserup, and Agricultural Development Models in the Age of Limits. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. 2017. 30: 87. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10806-017-9655-x

Johnson GM, Polk HH, Van Da Huvel SD, Ferguson GP, Soby SD. A Comparison of Seven Pre-dental Post-Baccalaureate Programs in Gaining Dental School Acceptance for Their Students. Journal of Dental Education. doi: 10.21815/JDE.016.025. May 1, 2017 vol. 81 no. 5 526-533.

Vöing K, Harrison A, Soby SD (2015). Draft Genome Sequences of three Chromobacterium subtsugae isolates from wild and cultivated cranberry bogs in southeastern Massachusetts. Genome Announcements 3.

Vöing K, Harrison A, Soby SD (2015). Draft Genome Sequence of Chromobacterium vaccinii, a Potential Biocontrol Agent against Mosquito (Aedes aegypti) Larvae. Genome announcements 3.

Scott D. Soby, Sudhindra R. Gadagkar, Cristina Contreras, and Frank L. Caruso (2013). Chromobacterium vaccinii sp. nov. isolated from native and cultivated cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait.) bogs and irrigation ponds. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2013 May;63(Pt 5):1840-6. doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.045161-0. Epub 2012 Sep 14.

Scott D. Soby (2013). The End of the Green Revolution. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. 25(4): Url: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10806-012-9393-z. Doi: 10.1007/s10806-012-9393-z.

Organizations

American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

American Phytopathological Society (APS)

Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA)