Dustin J. Van Hofwegen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry

Phone: (626) 815-6000
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Dustin J. Van Hofwegen, Ph.D., has devoted his scientific career to exploring microbial genomics and bacterial evolution, focusing much of his efforts on understanding molecular mechanisms of gene regulation in bacteria. These investigations have explored the ability of bacteria to rapidly respond to their environment—recognizing environmental cues, such as temperature, nutrient availability, or exposure to antibiotics to vary gene expression. Current research in the Van Hofwegen lab seeks to understand the role of post-transcriptional gene regulation mediated by small RNAs in bacterial model systems E. coli and Yersinia. Using a combination of classical bacterial genetics and analyzing data from next-gen sequencing, research students develop skills foundational to microbiology, molecular biology, and genomics.

Van Hofwegen loves sharing his passion for God’s creation with students and colleagues. Sharing these research interests, motivation, and excitement with students greatly enhances what they are learning in the classroom. He is especially committed to partnering with students in their development as Christian disciples and scholars who seek to advance God’s redemptive work in the world.


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Ph.D. in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry, University of Idaho
  • B.S. in Biology and Chemistry, Northwest Nazarene University

Academic Area

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Department of Biology and Chemistry


  • Genomics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microbial Genetics

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 240 – Biology of Microorganisms
  • BIOL 300 – Genetics
  • BIOL 342 – Medical Microbiology