Department of Biology

Meet Dr. Jocelyn Fraga Muller

Assistant Professor

Postdoctoral Training, Microbiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
M.S., Environmental Science and Engineering, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
B.S., Environmental Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Phone:  (603) 897-8705

  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Natural Pollution Remediation
  • Sustainability Practices


Dr. Fraga Muller earned the Future Professoriate Graduate Certificate from Virginia Tech and participated in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Future Faculty Fellows Program at the University of Washington. While teaching at Seattle University and Merrimack College, she participated in numerous workshops on teaching practices that focused on teaching and learning. Utilizing these experiences, Dr. Fraga Muller has developed hands-on coursework that complements the learning of important scientific principles.  

In service to the community, she works with elementary students in a "Green Team" to develop sustainable practices in their school and serves on Beautify Londonderry and the Solid Waste and Environment committees for the town of Londonderry, New Hampshire.  

Academic Philosophy
"In the classroom, my underlying priority and objective is to engage all students and encourage full participation in their own lifelong learning process. I try to do this by instilling a sense of curiosity about science, engaging students into questioning results and prior knowledge, and challenging students to think about how science affects society."

Recent Publications
  • Muller, J. F., S. Gosh, K. Ikuma, A. Stevens, N.G. Love. 2015. Chlorinated phenol-induced physiological antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. FEMS Microbial Letters. 362:21, pp. 1-7.
  • Staudinger, B. J., J. F. Muller, S. Halldórsson, B. Boles, A. Angermeyer, D. Nguyen, H. Rosen, Ó. Baldursson, M. Gottfreðsson, G. H. Guðmundsson, and P. K. Singh. 2014. Conditions associated with the cystic fibrosis defect promote chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection. Amer. J Respir. Crit Care Med. 189: 812-824.
  • Muller, J. F., J. Craig, A. M. Stevens, N. G. Love. 2007. Transcriptome analysis reveals multidrug efflux genes upregulated to protect Pseudomonas aeruginosa from pentachlorophenol stress. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 73: 4550-4558.
  • Rooney-Varga, J. N., R. T. Anderson, J. L. Fraga, D. Ringelberg, and D. R. Lovley. 1999. Microbial communities associated with anaerobic benzene degradation in a petroleum-contaminated aquifer. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 65: 3056-3063.
  • Lovley, D. R., J. L. Fraga, J. D. Coates, and E. L. Blunt-Harris. 1999. Humics as an electron donor for anaerobic respiration. Enivr. Microbiol. 1:89-98.
  • Lovley, D. R., J. L. Fraga, E. L. Blunt-Harris, L. A. Hayes, E. J. P. Phillips, J. D. Coates. 1998. Humic substances as a mediator for microbially catalyzed metal reduction: Acta Hydrochimica et Hydrobiologica. 26: 152-157.
Courses Taught
  • BIO105 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO106 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIO112 Stewards of the Living World
  • BIO202 Genetics
  • BIO220 Biotechnology
  • BIO308 Molecular Cell Biology
  • BIO385 Integrated Biotechnology

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