Corien Bakermans


Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

cub21 [at]


Penn State Altoona
Altoona, PA 16601
United States

Brief Biography

Dr. Bakermans is an Associate Professor of Microbiology at Penn State Altoona (Pennsylvania State University). Her research on the physiology and adaptations of bacteria that live in permafrost has resulted in over 30 peer-reviewed publications to date and she recently published (as editor) the book "Microbial Evolution under Extreme Conditions". Dr. Bakermans's current work focuses on the genomic basis of thermal adaptation and carbon metabolism in permafrost isolates. Dr. Bakermans received her Ph.D in Microbiology from Cornell University in 2001, and began her study of cold-adapted microorganisms from permafrost at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. With the aid of a NASA fellowship, Dr. Bakermans’s research continued at Michigan State and Montana State Universities prior to beginning at Penn State Altoona in 2009 where she teaches courses in microbiology and bioinformatics.


Permafrost, Land Ice/Glaciers

Science Specialties

microbiology, permafrost

Current Research