Faculty Profile for Dr. Bob McLean
Biography and EducationDr. RJC (Bob) McLean was born in Toronto ON and grew up in rural southwestern Ontario, Canada. He did his undergraduate degree (BSc in Microbiology, 1978) at the University of Guelph and after working for 3 1/2 years in the food industry and half a year as a research technician, pursued his PhD with JW Costerton at the University of Calgary (PhD microbiology 1986). He returned to Guelph ON and did a postdoc with TJ Beveridge from 1986-1988. Bob met his wife, Martha in Guelph and after they got married in 1988, they moved to Kingston ON, where Bob started his academic career in microbiology with a research faculty position at Queen's University from 1988-1993. Their two sons, Malcolm and Alistair, were born during this time. In 1993, Bob accepted a faculty position at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) and rose through the ranks from Assistant Professor to Professor. In 2012, Bob was named a University Distinguished Professor and then a Regents' Professor. His work focuses mainly on bacterial communities on surfaces (biofilms), and more recently microbial interactions during mixed species growth. He has published over 90 papers, edited two books, 13 book chapters, and co-authored a textbook on microbial ecology. He has received external research funding from EPA, NIH, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and most recently NASA.
Teaching InterestsMicrobiology including introductory and advanced microbiology.
Research Interests1) Bacterial growth on surfaces as biofilms
2) Spaceflight microbiology
3) Microbial interactions in mixed biofilm and planktonic growth
4) Microbial impacts with geology in both rock formation and rock weathering
Selected Scholarly/Creative Work
- Barton, L. L., & McLean, R. J. C. (2019). Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology. Hoboken, NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- McLean, R. J. C., & Brown, E. T. (2020). Potential Influences of Bacterial Cell Surfaces and Nano-Sized Cell Fragments on Struvite Biomineralization. Crystals, 10(8), 706. https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst10080706
- Zea, L., McLean, R. J. C., Rook, T. A., Angle, G., Carter, D. L., Delegard, A., … Velez Justiniano, Y. A. (2020). Potential biofilm control strategies for extended spaceflight missions. Biofilm, 2, 100026. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bioflm.2020.100026
- Zhu, W., Zhou, S., Chu, J., McLean, R. J. C., & Chu, W. (2020). Prebiotic, immuno-stimulating and gut microbiota-modulating effects of Lycium barbarum polysaccharide. Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, 121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopha.2019.109591
- Zhang, B., Zhuang, X., Gao, L., McLean, R. J. C., & Chu, W. (2019). Recombinant AHL-lactonase AiiAQSI-1 attenuates Aeromonas hydrophila virulence factors, biofilm formation and reduces mortality in Crucian Carp. Marine Drugs, 17, 499. https://doi.org/doi:10.3390/md17090499
- Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor, Alpha Chi National Honor Society. November 6, 2018
- Award / Honor Recipient: Honorary Membership, Phi Mu Alpha. 2014
- Award / Honor Nominee: Nominee: Carski Award (National Teaching Award), American Society for Microbiology. 2012
- Award / Honor Recipient: Regents’ Professor, Texas State University. 2012
- Award / Honor Recipient: Texas ASM Branch Nominee: Carski Award for Microbiology Teaching. 2012
- McLean, Robert J C, Barnes, P. Scanning UV/Vis Spectrophotometer, USDA, $750019. (Funded: 1994). Grant.
- McLean, Robert J C (Principal). Polymicrobial Biofilm Growth and Control during Spaceflight - year 5 supplement, NASA, Federal, $288905. (Funded: December 5, 2020 - December 4, 2021). Grant.
- McLean, Robert J C. Polymicrobial biofilm growth and control during spaceflight - supplemental funding, NASA, Federal, $58614. (Funded: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020). Grant.
- Yang, Jiseon (Principal), McLean, Robert J C (Supporting), Diggle (Georgia Tech), Steve (Supporting). Understanding the evolution of microbial interactions during spaceflight, NASA, Federal, $749999. (Funded: September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2022). Grant.
- McLean, Robert J C (Principal), Nickerson, Cheryl A (Co-Principal), Barrila, J A (Supporting), Ott, C M (Supporting). Polymicrobial biofilm growth and control during spaceflight, NASA, Federal, $600000. (Funded: December 2016 - December 2020). Grant.