Forest Rohwer, PhD

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Forest Rohwer

Forest Rohwer, PhD
Professor of Biology
SDSU Dept. of Biology

North Life Sciences Biology Bldg
San Diego State University



  • University of California San Diego/San Diego State University
    • Joint Doctoral Program in Molecular Biology, 09/92-07/97 advisor: Kathleen McGuire 
    • Doctoral dissertation: Interleukin-2 activation of intracellular signaling pathways: Effects on gene expression, proliferation, and apoptosis, pp. 1-174. 1997.
  • University of Idaho, Letters and Science, 09/91-05/92
  • College of Idaho, Gipson Scholar in Biology, Chemistry, and History, 09/87-05/91

Awards and Honors

  • List in The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds by Thomson Reuters. 2014.
  • Outstanding Faculty. College of Science. SDSU. 2014.
  • Teacher Scholar. SDSU Biology. 2014.
  • SDSU Phi Beta Kappa. 2013.
  • American Academy of Microbiology Fellow. 2013.
  • SDSU Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions - "Monty". 2011.
  • Achievement Award. Sigma Xi. 2009.
  • International Society of Microbial Ecology Young Investigators Award. 2008.
  • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Fellow in Integrated Microbial Biodiversity Program. 2007.
  • American Academy for Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. 2006.
  • SDSU Foundation Technology Transfer Office Honorable Mention of Inventorship. 2002.
  • ARCS. 1995 and 1996. Achievement award for young scientists. SDSU.       
  • Sigma Xi. 1993. Grant-in-aid for graduate students. SDSU.
  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). 1991. University of Nevada, Reno.
  • Graduated summa cum laude. 1991. College of Idaho.
  • Gipson Scholar. 1988-1991. For academic scholarship. College of Idaho.

Professional Experience

  • San Diego State University. Professor. 2009-present
  • San Diego State University. Associate Professor. 2007-2008
  • San Diego State University. Assistant Professor. 2003-2007
  • San Diego State University. Adjunct Assistant Professor. 2001-2003
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Farooq Azam. 1997-2001

Curriculum vitae

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  • Life in Our Phage World. Forest Rohwer, Merry Youle, Heather Maughan, Nao Hisakawa. Illustrations by Leah Pantéa and Ben Darby. 2015. Wholon.

  • Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas. Forest Rohwer with Merry Youle. Illustrations by Derek Vosten. 2010. Plaid Productions.