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.