Dr. Joshua Ohair

Assistant Professor


Department of Biological Sciences

College of Life and Physical Sciences

Office: McCord Hall 112D

Phone: 615-963-5748

Email: johair@tnstate.edu



USDA Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN 37209

Research Areas:

Microbial fermentation, waste biomass conversion to value-added products, bacterial species identification through genomic sequencing, and studies on thermophile microbial diversity from Yellowstone National Park.


He, Y.;OHair, J. A.; Jin, Q.; Xu, Z.; Wu, J.; Huang, H. Co-Production of Protein Hydrolysates and 2,3-Butanediol from Brewer’s Spent Grain.ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng.2021 . https://doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c04162

OHair, J. A.; Jin, Q.; Li, H.; Yu, D.; He, Y.; Thapa, S.; Bhatti, S.; Huang, H.; Zhou, S. 2021.  Biochemical and Genomic Identification of Novel Thermophilic Bacillus Licheniformis Strains YNP1-TSU, YNP2-TSU, and YNP3-TSU with Potential in 2,3-Butanediol Production from Non-Sterile Food Waste Fermentation. Food Bioprod. Process. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fbp.2021.07.003.

OHair, J.; Jin, Q.; Yu, D.; Wu, J.; Wang, H.; Zhou, S.; Huang, H. 2021. Non-Sterile Fermentation of Food Waste Using Thermophilic and Alkaliphilic Bacillus Licheniformis YNP5-TSU for 2,3-Butanediol Production. Waste Manag. 120, 248–256. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wasman.2020.11.029.

O’Hair, J.; Jin, Q.; Yu, D.; Poe, N.; Li, H.; Thapa, S.; Zhou, S.; Huang, H. 2020. Thermophilic and Alkaliphilic Bacillus Licheniformis YNP5-TSU as an Ideal Candidate for 2,3-Butanediol Production. ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng. https://doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c02759.

OHair, J. A. O.; Li, H.; Rangu, M.; Thapa, S.; Yang, Y.; Fish, T.; Bhatti, S.; Thannhauser, T. W.; Zhou, S. 2019. Proteomic Effects of Magnesium Stress on Biofilm Associated Proteins Isolated from Cellulolytic Bacillus Licheniformis YNP5-TSU. J. Proteomics Bioinformatic. 12, 113–121. https://doi.org/10.35248/0974-276X.19.12.504.

Thapa, S.; Li, H.; OHair, J.; Bhatti, S.; Chen, F.-C.; Nasr, K. Al; Johnson, T.; Zhou, S. 2019. Biochemical Characteristics of Microbial Enzymes and Their Significance from Industrial Perspectives. Mol. Biotechnol. No. 0123456789. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12033-019-00187-1.

Jin, Q.; O’Hair, J.; Stewart, A. C.; O’Keefe, S. F.; Neilson, A. P.; Kim, Y.-T.; McGuire, M.; Lee, A.; Wilder, G.; Huang, H. 2019. Compositional Characterization of Different Industrial White and Red Grape Pomaces in Virginia and the Potential Valorization of the Major Components. Foods. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods8120667.

O’ Hair, J. A.; Li, H.; Thapa, S.; Scholz, M.; Zhou, S. 2017. Draft Genome Sequences of Three Cellulolytic Bacillus Licheniformis Strains Isolated from Imperial Geyser, Amphitheater Springs, and Whiterock Springs inside Yellowstone National Park. Genome Announc. 5 (13). https://doi.org/10.1128/genomeA.00065-17.

OHair, J.; Hui, L.; Santosh, T.; Matthew, S.; Suping, Z. 2017. Draft Genome Sequence of Bacillus Altitudinis YNP4-TSU, Isolated from Yellowstone National Park. Genome Announc. 5 (28), e00631-17. https://doi.org/10.1128/genomeA.00631-17.

OHair, J.; Hui, L.; Santosh, T.; B., S. M.; Suping, Z. 2017. Draft Genome Sequence of Bacillus Licheniformis Strain YNP1-TSU Isolated from Whiterock Springs in Yellowstone National Park. Genome Announc. 5 (9), e01496-16. https://doi.org/10.1128/genomeA.01496-16.

Thapa S.; Li, H.; Joshua, O.; Bhatti, H. S.; Zhou, S. 2017. Metagenomics Prospective in Bio-Mining The Microbial Enzymes. J. Genes Proteins. 1 (1), 5.

OHair, J. A.; Johnson, T. L.; Ejiofor, A. O.; Zhou, S. 2016. Reducing Inconsistent Cellulolytic Screenings during the Gram’s Iodine Assay. Cellulose. 23 (5), 3389–3392. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10570-016-1027-6.

Courses taught:

BIOL2400 Principles of Microbiology

BIOL2401 Principles of Microbiology Lab