Ada Hagan

Post-doctoral Research Fellow since January 2018

Research areas

  • Microbiology Journals
  • Implicit Bias
  • Diversity in STEM


  • B.S.: East Tennessee State University (2010)
  • M.S.: East Tennessee State University (2012)
  • Ph.D.: University of Michigan (2018)
Ada Hagan


Until joining the Schloss lab, my undergradate through doctoral research focused on bacterial iron acquisition. During growth in iron-limited conditions, bacteria synthesize and export small molecules called siderophores that scavenge iron from the environment to enhance growth and enable infections. In my doctorate work, I identified how the Bacillus anthracis siderophore petrobactin is exported as well as an alternate role for petrobactin in B. anthracis sporulation. In the Schloss lab, I am funded by a fellowship with the American Society for Microbiology to study gender representation in the publishing ecosystem. I also have a background in science communication and am a Senior Contributor to the ASM Microbial Sciences blog.

Papers from time in Schloss lab

  1. Hagan AK, Topçuoğlu BD, Gregory ME, Barton HA, Schloss PD. 2020. Women Are Underrepresented and Receive Differential Outcomes at ASM Journals: a Six-Year Retrospective Analysis. mBio. 11: e01680-20. DOI: 10.1128/mBio.01680-20.
  2. Hagan AK, Lesniak NA, Balunas MJ, Bishop L, Close WL, Doherty MD, Elmore AG, Flynn KJ, Hannigan GK, Koumpouras CC, Jenior ML, Kozik AJ, McBride K, Rifkin SB, Stough JMA, Sovacool KL, Sze MA, Tomkovich S, Topçuoğlu BD, Schloss PD. 2020. Ten simple rules to increase computational skills among biologists with Code Clubs. PLOS Computational Biology. 16: e1008119. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1008119.