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John McKillip

Associate Professor

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CL 125a  Phone: 765-285-8830  

Department of Biology
Ball State University
Cooper Life Science Building, CL 121
Muncie, IN 47306

Professional Background

8/03 – Present
  
Associate Professor, Department of Biology & Biotechnology Certificate Program, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
8/99 – 5/03

Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Biology, School of Biological Sciences, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA
6/97 – 6/99

Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Food Science & Technology, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
1997 PhD (microbiology) Washington State University

Research Interests 
General: Molecular food safety

Specific:

  • development of DNA- and RNA-based methods for pathogen detection in foods
  • conventional, multiplex, and real-time PCR approaches to detect Bacillus spp. in dairy products and other foods
  • DNA fingerprinting (rep-PCR), SYBR Green-based melt curve analyses, fluorescent molecular beacons, and real-time RNA amplification (NASBA - nucleic acid sequence-based amplification) to monitor enterotoxin gene expression in Bacillus cereus in contaminated foods

Publications (within last 4 years; full list available upon request)

  1. McKillip, J.L. 2014. Immersive learning class develops the first international journal for undergraduate microbiology research. J. Microbiol. Biol. Education., in review.
  2. Turner, D.A., Pichtel, J., Rodenas, Y., McKillip, J.L., & Goodpaster, J.V. 2014. Microbial degradation of ignitable liquids in soil: comparison by soil type. J. Bioremed. Biodegration, in review.
  3. Counsil, T.I., & McKillip, J.L. 2013. Molecular forensic analysis of ribonucleic acid (RNA)-based approaches. J. Liberal Arts Sci., in press.
  4. Nimmer, P.S., Beer, M.R., & McKillip, J.L. 2013. Bacillus cereus: a bacterial species of environmental and clinical significance. J. Liberal Arts Sci., in press.
  5. Smith, A.R., Ellison, A.L., Robinson, A.L., Drake, M.A., McDowell, S.A., Mitchell, J.K., Gerard, P.D., Heckler, R.A., & McKillip, J.L. 2013. Enumeration of sublethally injured Escherichia coli O157:H7 and E. coli B-41560 using selective agar overlays versus commercial methods. J. Food Prot.76:674-679.
  6. Gracias, K.S., & McKillip, J.L. 2011. Triplex PCR-based detection of enterotoxigenic Bacillus cereus ATCC 14579 in nonfat dry milk. J. Basic Microbiol. 51:147-152.
  7. Robinson, A.L. & McKillip, J.L. 2010. Biology of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in human health and food safety with emphasis on sublethal injury and detection. Current Research, Technology and Education Topics in Applied Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology. A. Méndez-Vilas (Ed.), in press.
  8. Gracias, K.S., & McKillip, J.L. 2010. Traditional and real-time triplex PCR-based detection of enterotoxigenic Bacillus cereus in nonfat dry milk. J. Basic Microbiol. 50:415-421.
  9. Troxell, B., Volk, C., McKillip, J.L., & Warnes, C.L. 2010. Legionella pneumophila occurrence in waters of East Central Indiana. Proc. Indiana Acad. Sci. 119:205-211.
  10. Counsil, T.I., & McKillip, J.L. 2010. Forensic blood evidence analysis using RNA targets and novel molecular tools. Biologia 65:175-182.
  11. McKillip, J.L. 2010. Transformative undergraduate research: Students as the authors of and authorities on their own education. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly 30:10-15.

Professional Presentations (within last 4 years)

  1. “The food pathogen Bacillus cereus – virulence and control in ocular infections”, invited seminar, University of Akureyri, Iceland, 10/4/13.
  2. “Real-time PCR”, invited talk, University of Akureyri, Iceland, 10/5/13.
  3. Brenneman, B., Carstens, C., Adamson, K., & McKillip, J.L. Real-time screening of foods using rep-PCR reveals a DNA marker characteristic for enterotoxigenic Bacillus spp. Peer-reviewed poster  presented at: Indiana Branch meeting, American Society for Microbiology (IBASM) 4/14/13, Spencer, IN.
  4. McKillip, J.L. Fine Focus: a new international journal for undergraduate microbiology research. IBASM Poster Presentation, Spencer, IN, 4/14/13.
  5. Caffo, L.M., McKillip J.L., & McDowell SA. Growth curve analysis displays increased susceptibility to environmental changes in Streptococcus pyogenes. Indiana Physiological Society 3rd Annual Meeting, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN. 2/22/13.
  6. McKillip, J.L. ‘Teaching diversity in the natural sciences’ Oral presentation (abstract peer reviewed), 4th Annual University of Cincinnati Diversity Conference, 4/18/12.
  7. Smith, A.R., Heckler, R., & McKillip, J.L. Detection and enumeration of sublethally-injured Escherichia coli B-4150 using selective agar overlays. BSU Student Symposium, 3/27/12 & Indiana Branch meeting, American Society for Microbiology (IBASM) Poster Presentation, Wabash College, 3/21/12.  Also presented as a peer-reviewed poster 6/17/12 at ASM General Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  8. Brenneman, B., Carstens, C.M., Adamson, K., & McKillip, J.L. Development of a real-time genotyping assay for enterotoxigenic Bacillus spp. Poster Presentation, IBASM Spring Branch Meeting, Wabash College, 4/21/12.
  9. Ellison, A., & McKillip, J.L. Detection of Heat and Acid Stressed Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Infant Milk Formula Using Selective/Nonselective Agar Overlays. BSU Student Symposium, 3/27/12 & IBASM Poster Presentation, Wabash College, 3/21/12.
  10. Beer, M.R., & McKillip, J.L. 2011. Detection of nheA from Bacillus spp. in food and soil isolates using real-time and rep-PCR. Poster presentation at BSU Student Research Symposium (3/11), and poster/oral presentation at IBASM 4/16/11.
  11. Steiner, L.M. & McKillip, J.L. 2011. Bacillus cereus-Mediated Endophthalmitis in Mice. Poster presentation at BSU Student Research Symposium (3/11 & 3/12), and poster/oral presentation at IBASM 4/16/11.
  12. “The food pathogen Bacillus cereus – virulence and control in ocular infections” invited seminar, Department of Life Sciences, Indiana State University, 10/18/11.
  13. “Recovery of sublethally-injured Escherichia coli O157:H7 in food using selective agar overlay approaches” , invited seminar, Ball State University Department of Biology, 3/25/11.
  14. “Development of a Sampling System to Stabilize Ignitable liquid Residues in Fire Debris” Research mini-symposium, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Department of Chemistry. Co-presenter (with graduate students Natalia Ratican Hinton and Yann Rodenas), 7/2011.
  15. Trimmer, J., Blackmer, J., McKillip, J.L., & Messineo, M. “Immersive Learning as a Transformative Undergraduate Experience.” Oral presentation (peer-reviewed abstract), Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) conference: Creativity, Inquiry, & Discovery: Undergraduate Research in and Across the Disciplines. Durham, NC, 11/10.
  16. McKillip, J.L. Cary, L., Gracias, K.S., & Steiner, L.M. “Cultivating Student Research to Generate a Transformative Community Impact.”  Panel Discussion (peer-reviewed abstract), Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) National Conference, Weber State University, Ogden, UT, 6/10.
  17. “Selective Agar Overlay-Based Detection of Sublethally Injured Escherichia coli O157:H7” invited seminar, Oakland City University, Department of Arts and Sciences, Oakland City, IN 2/19/10.
  18. “Enumeration of Sublethally Injured Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Ground Beef Using Selective Agar Overlays versus Commercial Methods” Seminar, North Carolina State University, Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences, Raleigh, NC 12/7/09.
  19. Slack, E.K., Smith, M., Phillips, K., and McKillip, J.L. State of Assault (poster and documentary DVD) presented at Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Posters on the Hill event, Washington, D.C., 5/09.
  20. Smith, A.R., Smith, M.E., and McKillip, J.L. State of Assault (poster and documentary DVD) presented at Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference, Indianapolis, IN 4/09; also presented at the Ball State University Student Research Symposium, Muncie, IN 3/09 and during BSU Women’s Week events 3/09.
  21. McKillip, J.L. State of Assault (Emmy-winning documentary DVD) presented at Spring Meeting, Indiana Branch, American Society for Microbiology (IBASM), Mitchell, IN 4/09.
  22. Ara, A., and McKillip, J.L. JAVA Programming language: development of nucleic acid sequence-based amplification (NASBA) primer search software. BSU Student Research Symposium (poster), 3/24/09.
  23. Counsil, T.I., and McKillip, J.L. Real-time RNA-based amplification allows for sensitive forensic blood evidence analysis. BSU Student Research Symposium (poster), 3/24/09.
  24. Robinson, A.L., and McKillip, J.L. Detection and enumeration of sublethally-injured Escherichia coli O157:H7 using selective agar overlays. BSU Student Research Symposium (poster), 3/24/09.

External & Internal Grant Awards (within last 4 years)

  1. McKillip, J.L. Provost's Immersive Learning Grant - "Fine Focus - Development of an Undergraduate Research Journal in Microbiology" $20,718 (funded).
  2. McKillip, J.L. “Fine Focus: a new international journal for undergraduate research students in microbiology”  National Education Association (NEA) grant - $2,000 (funded)
  3. McKillip, J.L. New undergraduate journal in microbiology research engages students on both sides of the printed page” Association of American Educators (AAE) curriculum grant - $500.00 (funded)
  4. McKillip, J.L. “Immersive learning class develops the first international journal for undergraduate microbiology research” BSU College of Sciences and Humanities mini-grant - $1,000 (funded)
  5. McKillip, J.L. “Dr. Dan Fung presents: an invited guest speaker in rapid methods and automation in microbiology” BSU Student Organizations and Activities (SOA) mini-grant - $365.00 (funded).
  6. McKillip, J.L., Pichtel, J.P., Goodpaster, J.V. Development of a Sampling System to Stabilize Ignitable Liquid Residues in Fire Debris. (collaborative study with BSU Dept. of Natural Resources & Environ. Management and Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. at Indianapolis (IUPUI) Department of Chemistry). $7,500.00, National Institutes of Justice (NIJ), 10/2010-12/2012.

Professional Affiliations

  • Section Editor, Journal of Dairy Science, 10/2013-present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Dairy Science, 1/2013-10/2013.
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Food Protection, 1/2010-present.
  • Managing Editor, Biologia (Section Cellular and Molecular Biology), 12/09-present.
  • President, Indiana Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (IBASM) 6-08-present. Member since 2003
  • Chair, Ball State University Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), 6/06-present.
  • Member – 
    • American Society for Microbiology (ASM) 1991-present; 
    •  Indiana Academy of Science (5/05-present); 
    •  Association of American Educators (AAE), 1/12-present; 
    •  International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), 2003-present; 
    •  American Dairy Science Association (9/12-present); 
    •  Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), renewed 10/13-present 

Related Link
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