Andrew S. Lang
  • Department of Biology, Memorial University, Canada
Research fields
  • Molecular biology
Personal information


PhD in Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia, 2000

Current position

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL A1B 3X9 Canada

Publications (since 2005)

  1. Hynes, A. P., Mercer, R. G., Watton, D. E., Buckley, C. B. and Lang, A. S. (2012). DNA packaging bias and differential expression of gene transfer agent genes within a population during production and release of the Rhodobacter capsulatus gene transfer agent, RcGTA. Mol Microbiol 85(2): 314-325.
  2. Lang, A. S., Zhaxybayeva, O. and Beatty, J. T. (2012). Gene transfer agents: phage-like elements of genetic exchange. Nat Rev Microbiol 10(7): 472-482.
  3. Mercer, R. G., Quinlan, M., Rose, A. R., Noll, S., Beatty, J. T. and Lang, A. S. (2012). Regulatory systems controlling motility and gene transfer agent production and release in Rhodobacter capsulatus. FEMS Microbiol Lett 331(1): 53-62.
  4. Fogg, P. C., Hynes, A. P., Digby, E., Lang, A. S. and Beatty, J. T. (2011). Characterization of a newly discovered Mu-like bacteriophage, RcapMu, in Rhodobacter capsulatus strain SB1003. Virology 421(2): 211-221.
  5. Wille, M., Robertson, G. J., Whitney, H., Bishop, M. A., Runstadler, J. A. and Lang, A. S. (2011). Extensive geographic mosaicism in avian influenza viruses from gulls in the northern hemisphere. PLoS One 6(6): e20664.
  6. Wille, M., Robertson, G. J., Whitney, H., Ojkic, D. and Lang, A. S. (2011). Reassortment of American and Eurasian genes in an influenza A virus isolated from a great black-backed gull (Larus marinus), a species demonstrated to move between these regions. Arch Virol 156(1): 107-115.
  7. Mercer, R. G., Callister, S. J., Lipton, M. S., Pasa-Tolic, L., Strnad, H., Paces, V., Beatty, J. T. and Lang, A. S. (2010). Loss of the response regulator CtrA causes pleiotropic effects on gene expression but does not affect growth phase regulation in Rhodobacter capsulatus. J Bacteriol 192(11): 2701-2710.
  8. Fu, Y., MacLeod, D. M., Rivkin, R. B., Chen, F., Buchan, A. and Lang, A. S. (2010). High diversity of Rhodobacterales in the subarctic North Atlantic Ocean and gene transfer agent protein expression in isolated strains. Aquat Microb Ecol 59(3): 283-293.
  9. Granter, A., Wille, M., Whitney, H., Robertson, G. J., Ojkic, D. and Lang, A. S. (2010). The genome sequence of an H11N2 avian influenza virus from a Thick-billed Murre (Uria lomvia) shows marine-specific and regional patterns of relationships to other viruses. Virus Genes 41(2): 224-230.
  10. McIlroy, D., M.D. Brasier, and A.S. Lang. 2009. Smothering of microbial mats by macrobiotic organisms: implications for the Ediacara biota. Journal of the Geological Society 166: 1117-1121.
  11. Lang, A. S., Rise, M. L., Culley, A. I. and Steward, G. F. (2009). RNA viruses in the sea. FEMS Microbiol Rev 33(2): 295-323.
  12. Zhao, Y., Wang, K., Budinoff, C., Buchan, A., Lang, A., Jiao, N. and Chen, F. (2009). Gene transfer agent (GTA) genes reveal diverse and dynamic Roseobacter and Rhodobacter populations in the Chesapeake Bay. ISME J 3(3): 364-373.
  13. Rathgeber, C., Lince, M. T., Alric, J., Lang, A. S., Humphrey, E., Blankenship, R. E., Vermeglio, A., Plumley, F. G., Van Dover, C. L., Beatty, J. T. and Yurkov, V. (2008). Vertical distribution and characterization of aerobic phototrophic bacteria at the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the Pacific Ocean. Photosynth Res 97(3): 235-244.
  14. Lang, A. S., Kelly, A. and Runstadler, J. A. (2008). Prevalence and diversity of avian influenza viruses in environmental reservoirs. J Gen Virol 89(Pt 2): 509-519.
  15. Jaschke, P. R., Leblanc, H. N., Lang, A. S. and Beatty, J. T. (2008). The PucC protein of Rhodobacter capsulatus mitigates an inhibitory effect of light-harvesting 2 alpha and beta proteins on light-harvesting complex 1. Photosynth Res 95(2-3): 279-284.
  16. Lang, A. S. and Beatty, J. T. (2007). Importance of widespread gene transfer agent genes in alpha-proteobacteria. Trends Microbiol 15(2): 54-62.
  17. Culley, A. I., Lang, A. S. and Suttle, C. A. (2007). The complete genomes of three viruses assembled from shotgun libraries of marine RNA virus communities. Virol J 4: 69.
  18. Culley, A. I., Lang, A. S. and Suttle, C. A. (2006). Metagenomic analysis of coastal RNA virus communities. Science 312(5781): 1795-1798.
  19. Beatty, J. T., Overmann, J., Lince, M. T., Manske, A. K., Lang, A. S., Blankenship, R. E., Van Dover, C. L., Martinson, T. A. and Plumley, F. G. (2005). An obligately photosynthetic bacterial anaerobe from a deep-sea hydrothermal vent. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 102(26): 9306-9310.
  20. Culley, A.I., A.S. Lang, and C.A. Suttle. 2011. Family Marnaviridae. In "Virus Taxonomy: Ninth Report of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses" (A.M.Q. King, Ed.) Elsevier.
  21. Lang, A.S., C.S. Harwood, and J.T. Beatty. 2011. Evolutionary Relationships Among Antenna Proteins of Purple Phototrophic Bacteria. In “Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration, Volume 33: Functional genomics and evolution of photosynthetic systems” (R.L. Burnap and W. Vermaas, Eds.), Springer.
  22. Lang, A.S., and J.T. Beatty. 2010. Gene transfer agents and defective bacteriophages as sources of extracellular prokaryotic DNA. In “Extracellular Nucleic Acids” (Y. Kikuchi, and E.Y. Rykova, Eds.), Springer.
  23. Leung, M., S.M. Florizone, T.A. Taylor, A.S. Lang, and J.T. Beatty. 2010. The Gene Transfer Agent of Rhodobacter capsulatus. In “Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, Volume 675: Recent Advances in Phototrophic Prokaryotes” (P.C. Hallenbeck, Ed.), Springer.
  24. Lang, A.S., and C.A. Suttle. 2008. Marnaviruses. In “Encyclopedia of Virology, Third Edition” (B.W.J. Mahy and M.H.V. van Regenmortel, Eds.), Elsevier.
  25. Culley, A.I., A.S. Lang, and C.A. Suttle. 2005. Taxonomic Structure of the Family Marnaviridae. In "Virus Taxonomy: Eighth Report of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses" (C.M. Fauquet, M.A. Mayo, J. Maniloff, U. Desselberger, and L.A. Ball, Eds.), Elsevier.
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