Dr. Jerry Kavouras

Dr. Jerry Kavouras is Associate Professor and Chair of Biology at Lewis University.

Dr. Jerry Kavouras is Associate Professor and Chair of Biology at Lewis University.

Chair, Professor of Biology

Professional and Education Interests:
Applied & Environmental Microbiology (experience includes biofilms, virology, water and soil monitoring), Invasive Species (specifically zebra and quagga mussels)

Ph.D., Marquette University, 2002
B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995

Exceptional Service:

Editorial Board, Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education.

American Society for Microbiology, Illinois State Academy of Science, Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education (Editorial Board)

Colclasure V. J., Soderquist T. J., Lynch T., Schubert N., McCormick D. S., Urrutia E., Knickerbocker C., McCord D., & Kavouras J.H. (2015). Coliform bacteria, fabrics, and the environment. American Journal of Infection Control, 43(2), 154-158.

Kavouras JH, DeMik RJ, & Hopkins AC. 2013. Bioavailable lead in topsoil collected from general aviation airports. Collegiate Aviation Review, 31(1), 57-68

Kavouras JH. 2012. A Useful Roadmap Through the World of Algae, Protozoa, and Fungi. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education 13(1): 103.

Basic Microbiology Labs for Allied Health Students with Dr. James Rago, Dr. Marne Bailey, and Jeannette Pifer, LAD Custom Publishing, Inc.

Kavouras JH, Prandovszky E, Valyi-Nagy K, Kovacs SK, Tiwari V, Kovacs M, Shukla D, Valyi-Nagy T. 2007. Herpes simplex virus type 1 infection induces oxidative stress and the release of bioactive lipid peroxidation by-products in mouse P19N neural cell cultures. Journal of Neurovirology 13(5): 416-425

 Kavouras JH, Maki JS.  2004.  Inhibition of the reattachment of young adult zebra mussels by single-species biofilms and associated exopolymers.  Journal of Applied Microbiology 97: 1236-1246.

 Columnist for the Southtown Star on environmental issues from February 2007 to May 2008.

Colclasure, V., McCormick, D., Urritia, E., Kavouras, J. 2013, April. I brought home a coliform? Poster presentation at the 105th Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science, Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL.

McCormick, D., Maki, J., Kavouras, J. 2013, April. Dreissenid recruitment in Milwaukee harbor – ten years later.  Poster presentation at the 105th Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science, Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL.

Preisler, R., DeVries, D., Kavouras, J., Witkowski, L. 2012. Using campus land to promote and maintain biodiversity. Panel presentation at 2012 Student Sustainability Summit, Governors State University, University Park, IL.

Blazina, E.M., Pecherek, A.W., Figus, E., Floren, E.A., Keleher J., and Kavouras, J.H. 2012. Biofilm Development: Many Characters, Different Plots for Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. 104th Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science, Knox College, Galesburg, IL. March 30-31, 2012.

Kavouras JH. Improving Critical Thinking Skills through Analysis and Evaluation of Scientific Concepts Presented by the Media. 18th Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators. Baltimore, MD. June 5, 2011.

Lynch TL, Blazina E, Knickerbocker C, Keleher JJ, Kavouras JH. 2011. Temperature Plays a Significant Role in the Arrangement of Cells within E. coli and S. aureus Biofilms. In, Abstracts of the American Society for Microbiology, 111th General Meeting. New Orleans, LA. May 21-24.

Kavouras, JH. Bacterial Extracellular Products as Chemical Cues in the Attachment of the Zebra Mussel, Dreissena polymorpha, to Artificial Surfaces. American Chemical Society (Joliet Section). Lewis University, Romeoville, IL.March 15, 2011.

Lynch TL, Soderquist TJ, Schubert N, Knickerbocker CD, McCord D, Kavouras JH. 2010. Coliform bacteria at unmonitored recreational sites. Abstr. Q-1426. In, Abstracts of the American Society for Microbiology, 110th General Meeting. San Diego, CA. May 23-27.

Jokubauskas P, Kavouras J, Mustafa J, Myers C, Perry V, Schlegel M, Schreiber K. Making Connections: Linked Honors Courses in Writing and Science. 45th Annual Conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council. Kansas City, MO. October 22, 2010.

Dombrowski AA, Kavouras JH. 2009. Seasonal trends in the reattachment of the quagga mussel, Dreissena bugensis, to filmed surfaces. Abstr. Q-283. In, Abstracts of the American Society for Microbiology, 109th General Meeting.Philadelphia, PA. May 17-21.

Kavouras, JH. Incorporating Bioinformatics into the Traditional Microbiology Lab. 5th Annual Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area Pedagogy Symposium. Lewis University. Romeoville, IL. October 18, 2008.

Wilcher P, Kavouras JH.  2008.  The effects of temperature on the production of soluble proteins and carbohydrates from Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli biofilms.  Abstr. Q-136.  In, Abstracts of the American Society for Microbiology, 108th General Meeting.  Boston, MA.  June 1-5.

Kavouras JH, Maki JS.  2007.  Microbial community composition influences Dreissenid postveliger attachment.  In, Abstracts of the American Society for Microbiology, 107th General Meeting.  Toronto, Canada.  May 21-25.


  • Grant from Bio-exploration, Ingredion, Inc.
  • Grant from Investigating Greater Yellowstone Shrub-steppe Ecosystem Dynamics, National Science Foundation