• Alexandra Linz , PhD

  • Associate Research Scientist

    • MCRI - MCRI-Integr Resrch and Dev Lab
    • 1000 North Oak Ave. ML7 Marshfield, WI 54449


2013 to 2018:
Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
2009 to 2013:
B.S., Microbiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Work Experience

2021 to Present:
Associate Research Scientist, Integrated Research and Development Laboratory, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, Marshfield, WI
2018 to 2021:
Post-doctoral Research Associate, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Madison, WI
2013 to 2018:
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Honors & Awards

2014 to 2017:
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
2017 to 2018:
Jerome J. Stefaniak Predoctoral Fellowship, UW-Madison Dept. of Bacteriology


Dr. Alexandra Linz is a researcher with expertise in microbiology and genomics. She uses next-generation sequencing techniques to address questions about infectious disease in Wisconsin.

Research Interests

Genomics, bioinformatics, microbiology, microbiomes

Select Publications

  • Thompson LR, Sanders JG, McDonald D, Amir A, Ladau J, Locey KJ,...Linz AM. A communal catalogue reveals Earth's multiscale microbial diversity. Nature. 2017 November 23; 551(7681):457-463. PMCID: PMC6192678.
    PubMed ID: 29088705
  • Linz AM, Crary BC, Shade A, Owens S, Gilbert JA, Knight R, McMahon KD. Bacterial Community Composition and Dynamics Spanning Five Years in Freshwater Bog Lakes. mSphere. 2017 June 28; 2(3) PMCID: PMC5489657.
    PubMed ID: 28680968
  • Linz AM, He S, Stevens SLR, Anantharaman K, Rohwer RR, Malmstrom RR,...McMahon KD. Freshwater carbon and nutrient cycles revealed through reconstructed population genomes. PeerJ. 2018 December 10; 6 :e6075. PMCID: PMC6292386.
    PubMed ID: 30581671
  • Linz AM. From Microbes to Ecosystems: Time Series Provide Insight Into How Microbial Metabolisms Scale to Ecosystem Functions. 2018 January 1;
  • García-García N, Tamames J, Linz AM, Pedrós-Alió C, Puente-Sánchez F. Microdiversity ensures the maintenance of functional microbial communities under changing environmental conditions. ISME J. 2019 December; 13(12):2969-2983. PMCID: PMC6864100.
    PubMed ID: 31417155
  • He S, Lau MP, Linz AM, Roden EE, McMahon KD. Extracellular Electron Transfer May Be an Overlooked Contribution to Pelagic Respiration in Humic-Rich Freshwater Lakes. mSphere. 2019 January 23; 4(1) PMCID: PMC6344600.
    PubMed ID: 30674644
  • Linz AM, K McMahon, S Jones, A Shade, R Newton, E Read,...S Schmitz. Microbial Observatory at North Temperate Lakes LTER High-resolution temporal and spatial dynamics of microbial community structure in freshwater bog lakes 2005-2009 original format. 2019 January 1;
  • Linz AM, Frank Aylward, Stefan Bertilsson, Katherine McMahon. Time-series metatranscriptomes reveal conserved patterns between phototrophic and heterotrophic microbes in diverse freshwater systems. 2020 January 1;
  • Myers KS, Vera JM, Lemmer KC, Linz AM, Landick R, Noguera DR, Donohue TJ. Genome-Wide Identification of Transcription Start Sites in Two Alphaproteobacteria, Rhodobacter sphaeroides 2.4.1 and Novosphingobium aromaticivorans DSM 12444. Microbiol Resour Announc. 2020 September 3; 9(36) PMCID: PMC7471390.
    PubMed ID: 32883797
  • Fernandez L, Peura S, Eiler A, Linz AM, McMahon KD, Bertilsson S. Diazotroph Genomes and Their Seasonal Dynamics in a Stratified Humic Bog Lake. Front Microbiol. 2020 July 1; 11 :1500. PMCID: PMC7341956.
    PubMed ID: 32714313
  • Kieft K, Breister AM, Huss P, Linz AM, Zanetakos E, Zhou Z,...Anantharaman K. Virus-associated organosulfur metabolism in human and environmental systems. Cell Rep. 2021 August 3; 36(5):109471.
    PubMed ID: 34348151
  • Linz AM, Ma Y, Perez JM, Myers KS, Kontur WS, Noguera DR, Donohue TJ. Aromatic dimer dehydrogenases from Novosphingobium aromaticivorans reduce monoaromatic diketones. [published online ahead of print 2021 October 6]. Appl Environ Microbiol. :AEM0174221.
    PubMed ID: 34613756