Selected Publications

"Proteins to Communities." Illustrated by Abby Knecht

A full list of publications can be found at 

Non-cognate immunity proteins provide broader defenses against interbacterial effectors in microbial communities

A. Knecht*, D. Sirias*,  D.R. Utter,  K.A. Gibbs

eLife, 2023:

Biorxiv, 2023. DOI: 10.1101/2023.06.18.545353


The conserved serine transporter SdaC moonlights to enable self recognition

A. Chittor, K.A. Gibbs

Journal of Bacteriology, 2022. DOI: 10.1128/JB.00347-21

Peer pressure from a Proteus mirabilis self-recognition system controls participation in cooperative swarm motility

M.J. Tipping, K.A. Gibbs

PLOS Pathogens, 2019. DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1007885


Cell shape and population migration are distinct steps of Proteus mirabilis swarming that are decoupled on high-percentage agar

K. Little, J. Austerman, J. Zheng, K.A. Gibbs

Journal of Bacteriology, 2019. DOI: 10.1128/JB.00726-18

Swarmer cell development of the bacterium Proteus mirabilis requires the conserved Enterobacterial Common Antigen biosynthesis gene rffG

K. Little, M.J. Tipping, K.A. Gibbs

Journal of Bacteriology, 2018. DOI: 10.1128/jb.00230-18

A proposed chaperone of the bacterial type VI secretion system functions to constrain a self-identity protein

M.A. Zepeda-Rivera, C.C. Saak, K.A. Gibbs

Journal of Bacteriology, 2018. DOI: 10.1128/jb.00688-17


A single point mutation in a TssB/VipA homolog disrupts sheath formation in the type VI secretion system of Proteus mirabilis

C.C. Saak, M.A. Zepeda-Rivera, K.A. Gibbs

PLOS One, 2017. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0184797


The self-identity protein IdsD is communicated between cells in swarming Proteus mirabilis colonies

C.C. Saak, K.A. Gibbs

Journal of Bacteriology, 2016. DOI: 10.1128/jb.00402-16

Two proteins form a heteromeric bacterial self-recognition complex in which variable subdomains determine allele-restricted binding

L. Cardarelli, C. Saak, K.A. Gibbs

mBio, 2015. DOI: 10.1128/mbio.00251-15

Two independent pathways for self-recognition in Proteus mirabilis are linked by type VI-dependent export

L.M. Wenren, N.L. Sullivan, L.Cardarelli, A.N. Septer, K.A. Gibbs

mBio, 2013. DOI: 10.1128/mbio.00374-13

Genetic determinants of self identity and social recognition in bacteria

K.A. Gibbs, M.L. Urbanowski, E.P. Greenberg

Science, 2008. DOI: 10.1126/science.1160033