Assoc. Prof. Süleyman Yıldırım

Dr. Yildirim’s research focus is on the human microbiome in health and diseases using experimental methods for the analysis of community structure, gene content, and function of complex microbial communities.

  • Visiting Scientist – J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, MD, USA
  • Sr. Research Scientist – Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD, USA
  • PostDoc – University of Illinois, Urbana, USA
  • PostDoc – Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
  • Ph.D. – NC State University, Raleigh, NC, USA (Microbial Genomics –Dissertation title: “Molecular characterization of Listeria monocytogenes epidemic clone-I like strains from foods” )
  • MS – Iowa State University (Food Biotechnology – Thesis title: “Fractionation of transgenic corn for optimal recovery of beta-glucuronidase”))
  • BS – Hacettepe University (Food Engineering)


  • Yildirim, S., Yeoman, CJ., Chandra, SJ., Thomas, SM., Ho, M., Leigh, SR., White, BA., Wilson, BA., and Stumpf, RM. 2014. Primate vaginal microbiota exhibit species specificity without phylogenetic congruence or universal Lactobacillus dominance (ISME J. 2014 Jul 18. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2014.90. [Epub ahead of print]).
  • Stumpf RM, Wilson BA, Rivera A, Yildirim S, Yeoman CJ, Polk JD, White BA, Leigh SR. 2013. The primate vaginal microbiome: comparative context and implications for human health and disease. Am J Phys Anthropol. 57:119-34
  • Thompson, MG, Black, CC, Pavlicek, RL, Honnold, CL, Wise, MC, Alamneh, YA, Williams, R, Kirkup, BC, Yildirim, S, Si, Y, Green, RK, Kessler, JL, Moon, JK, Palys, TJ, Zurawski, DV. 2013. Validation of a Novel Murine Wound Model of Acinetobacter baumannii Infection. Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. Antomicrob. Agents Chemotherap. 58:1332-42
  • Amato KR, Yeoman CJ, Kent A, Righini N, Carbonero F, Estrada A, Gaskins HR, Stumpf RM, Yildirim S, Torralba M, Gillis M, Wilson BA, Nelson KE, White BA and Leigh SR*. 2013. Habitat degradation impacts black howler monkey (Alouatta pigra) gastrointestinal microbiomes. J. ISME. 7:1344-53
  • Broadway M, Rogers E, Chang C., Huang I, Dwivedi P, Yildirim S, Schmitt S, Das A., and Ton-That H*. 2013. Pilus gene pool variation and the virulence of Corynebacterium diphtheriae clinical isolates during infection of a nematode. J. Bacteriology. 195:3774-83
  • Ratani SS, Siletzky RM, Dutta V, Yildirim S, Osborne JA, Lin W, Hitchins AD, Ward TJ, Kathariou S*. 2012. Heavy metal and disinfectant resistance of Listeria monocytogenes from foods and food processing plants. Appl Environ Microbiol. 78:6938-45
  • Yildirim, S. (2012). Terrestrial Vertebrate Animal Metagenomics, Non-domesticated Primates: Prosimians. In, Encyclopedia of Metagenomics, Animals. Ed. Karen E Nelson (Editor in Chief), Bryan A. White, Sarah Highlander, Francisco Rodriguez-Valera (Volume editors). Springer.
  • Yeoman CJ, Chia N., Yildirim S., Miller MEB., Kent A., Stumpf R., Leigh S.R., Nelson KE., White BA*., Wilson BA. 2011. Towards an Evolutionary Model of Animal-Associated Microbiomes. J. Entropy. 13:570-594.
  • Yildirim S, Yeoman, CJ., Sipos, M., Wilson, BA., Goldberg, TL., Stumpf, R, Leigh, SL., White, BA*, and Nelson, KE. 2010. Characterization of the Fecal Microbiome from Non-Human Wild Primates Reveals Species Specific Microbial Communities. PLoS ONE 5: e13963.
  • Yeoman CJ, Yildirim S, Thomas SM, Durkin AS, Torralba M, Sutton, G., Buhay, CJ., Ding, Y., Dugan-Rocha, SP., Muzny,DM., Qin, X., Gibbs, RA., Leigh, SR., Stumpf, R., White, BA., Highlander, SK., Nelson, JE., and Wilson, BA*. 2010. Comparative Genomics of Gardnerella vaginalis Strains Reveals Substantial Differences in Metabolic and Virulence Potential. PLoS ONE 5: e12411
  • Yildirim S., ElHanefi, D., Lin W, Hitchins AD, RM, Siletzky, and Kathariou, S*. 2010. Conserved genomic localization and sequence content of Sau3AI-like restriction-modification gene cassettes between Listeria monocytogenes Epidemic Clone I and selected strains of serotype 1/2a. Appl. Envir. Microb, 76:5577
  • Attardo, GM, Lohs, C., Alam, UH., Yildirim, S., and Aksoy, S*. 2008. Analysis of milk gland structure and function in Glossina morsitans: Milk protein production, symbiont populations and fecundity. J Insect Physiol. 54:1236-42
  • Yildirim S., Lin W, Hitchins AD, Jaykus LA, Altermann E, Klaenhammer TR, Kathariou S*. 2004. Epidemic clone-I specific genetic markers in strains of Listeria monocytogenes serotype 4b from foods. Appl Env. Microbiology. 70:4158-64
  • Johnson J, Jinneman K, Stelma G, Smith BG, Lye D, Messer J, Ulaszek J, Evsen L, Gendel S, Bennett RW, Swaminathan B, Pruckler J, Steigerwalt A, Kathariou S, Yildirim S, Volokhov D, Rasooly A, Chizhikov V, Wiedmann M, Fortes E, Duvall RE, Hitchins AD*. 2004. Natural atypical Listeria innocua strains with Listeria monocytogenes pathogenicity island-I genes. Appl Env. Microbiol. 70:4256-66
  • Yildirim S, Fuentes RG, Evangelista R, and Nikolov ZL*. 2002. Fractionation of Transgenic Corn for Optimal Recovery of Recombinant Enzymes. JAOCS. 79:809-814