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Roderick I. Mackie

Professor of Microbiology

Department of Animal Sciences, Division of Nutritional Sciences,

Institute for Genomic Biology and Energy BioSciences Institute
University of Illinois
1207 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL  61801

(217) 244-2526

Biographical Information

  • Ph.D., 1977, University of Natal, South Africa
  • M.S., 1972, University of Natal, South Africa
  • B.S., 1970, University of Natal, South Africa


Molecular microbial ecology in the gastrointestinal tract; environmental microbiology; functional and comparative genomics of anaerobic bacteria; energy biosciences; comparative digestive physiology and metabolism.

Primary Disciplines
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Genomics

Selected Publications

  1. Dodd D, Moon YH, Swaminathan K, Mackie RI, Cann IK. (2010). Transcriptomic analyses of xylan degradation by Prevotella bryantii and insights into energy acquisition by xylanolytic bacteroidetes. J. Biol. Chem. 285:30261-30273.
  1. Dodd, D, Mackie RI and Cann, IK (2011). Xylan degradation, a metabolic property shared by rumen and human colonic Bacteroidetes. Mol. Microbiol. 79:292-304.
  1. Hess M, Sczyrba A, Egan R, Kim TW, Chokhawala H, Schroth G, Luo S, Clark DS, Chen F, Zhang T, Mackie RI, Pennacchio LA, Tringe SG, Visel A, Woyke T, Wang Z and Rubin EM (2011). Metagenomic discovery of biomass-degrading genes and genomes from cow rumen. Science 331:463-467.
  1. Kim JN, Cann IK, Mackie RI (2012). Purification, characterization and expression of multiple glutamine synthetases from Prevotella ruminicola 23. J. Bacteriol. 194:176-184.
  1. Lankau EW, Hong PY and Mackie RI (2012). Ecological drift and local exposures drive enteric bacterial community differences within species of Galapagos iguanas. Mol. Ecol. 21:1779-1788.
  1. Mao Y, Yannarell AC, Davis SC and Mackie RI (2012). Impact of bioenergy crops on N-cycling bacterial and archaeal communities in soil. Environ. Microbiol. 15:928-942.
  1. Han Y, Agarwal V, Dodd D, Kim J, Bae B, Mackie RI, Nair SK and Cann IK (2012). Biochemical and structural insights into xylan utilization by the thermophilic bacterium Caldanaerobius polysaccharolyticus. J. Biol. Chem. 287:34946-34960.
  1. Su X, Han Y, Dodd D, Moon YH, Yoshida S, Mackie RI and Cann IK (2013). Reconstitution of a thermostable xylan-degrading enzyme mixture from the bacterium Caldicellulosiruptor bescii. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 79:1481-1490.