Hank E. Heath

Associate Professor Emeritus

Phone: (205) 348-1999

Email: hheath@biology.as.ua.edu

Hank Heath received a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Oklahoma State University in 1971 and completed his postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois. He was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama in 1973. He has served as Associate Professor at the University of Alabama since 1983.

Research Interests

Bacterial gene structure, organization, and regulation.

 

Selected Publications

Gargis, S.R., H.E. Heath, P.A. LeBlanc, L. Dekker, R.S. Simmonds, and G.L. Sloan. 2010. Inhibition of the activity of both domains of lysostaphin through peptidoglycan modification by the lysostaphin immunity protein. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 76:6944 – 6946.

Gargis, A.S., A.H. Tate, L.S. Heath, H.E. Heath, P.A. LeBlanc, and G.L. Sloan. 2010. Complete nucleotide sequences of plasmids pACK1 and pACK3 from Staphylococcus simulans biovar staphylolyticus. Plasmid 64:104 – 109.

Gargis, S.R., A.S. Gargis, H.E. Heath, L.S. Heath, P.A. LeBlanc, M.M. Senn, B. Berger-Bächi, R.S. Simmonds, and G.L. Sloan. 2009. Zif, the zoocin A immunity factor, is a FemABX-like immunity protein with a novel mode of action. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 75: 6205 – 6210.

Gargis, A.S., L.S. Heath, H.E. Heath, P.A. LeBlanc, and G.L. Sloan. 2009. Characterization of pACK4, a mobilizable plasmid from Staphylococcus simulans biovar staphylolyticus. Plasmid 62:201 – 205.

Gargis, S.R., H.E. Heath, L.S. Heath, P.A. LeBlanc, R.S. Simmonds, B.D. Abbott, R. Timkovich, and G.L. Sloan. 2009. Use of 4-sulfophenyl isothiocyanate labeling and mass spectrometry to determine the site of action of the streptococcolytic peptidoglycan hydrolase zoocin A. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 75:72 – 77.

Heath, L.S., S.R. Gargis, S.R. Smithberg, H.P. Johnson, H.E. Heath, P.A. LeBlanc, and G.L. Sloan. 2005. Plasmid-specified FemABX-like immunity factor in Staphylococcus sciuri DD 4747. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 249:227 – 231.

Heath, L.S., H.E. Heath, P.A. LeBlanc, S.R. Smithberg, M. Dufour, R.S. Simmonds, and G.L. Sloan. 2004. The streptococcolytic enzyme zoocin A is a penicillin-binding protein. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 236:205 – 211.