About Me

John Frederick Beckmann

Assistant Professor – Entomology and Plant Pathology – (Auburn University)
Postdoc – Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry –  (Yale University; Advisor: Mark Hochstrasser)
PhD – Entomology –  (University of Minnesota; Advisor: Dr. Ann Fallon)
BA – Physiology  –  (University of Minnesota)
BA – Art   –  (University of Minnesota)
Myers Briggs Type Indicator – INTJ

Dr. John Frederick Beckmann is an assistant professor of biotechnology and medical entomology; a printmaker, illustrator, publisher, scientist, and founder of Stampede Press. He grew up in Faribault, Minnesota and later attended college at the University of Minnesota where he graduated (honors; Summa Cum Laude 2009) with dual bachelor’s degrees in Physiology and Art. After, John earned his Ph.D. in Entomology at the University of Minnesota under Dr. Ann Fallon then moved on to a postdoctoral fellowship under Dr. Mark Hochstrasser at Yale University’s department of molecular biophysics and biochemistry. John is currently an assistant professor at Auburn University in the department of entomology and plant pathology.

John’s research focuses on mosquitoes and an obligate intracellular organism, Wolbachia, which colonizes the testes and ovaries of insects and manipulates their reproduction. His goal is to develop novel biotechnology approaches to combat arthropod borne diseases and agricultural pests. John’s research has won multiple awards, grants, and patents and has been published in high impact journals such as Nature,  Nature Microbiology, and Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His research has also been highlighted by many popular news outlets including Wired, The Scientist, and Nature News and Views.

John’s artwork focuses on fantastical monsters, swords, sorcery, and faith fueled zealotry. John’s artistic style is heavily inspired by Albrecht Durer, Hans Holbein the younger, Otto Dix, Max Beckmann, George Grosz, and Alfred Kubin. Specifically, the Der Krieg prints by Dix and the Portraits of Death prints by Holbein have worked their way into John’s illustrated collections. As an illustrator and publisher John has published two graphic books including Zombielzebub: Hell’s Invasion and 38: Here were hanged 38 Sioux Indians Dec. 26th 1862.

John lives with his wife, Shawna; daughters, Jane and Elaine; sons, Samuel and Caleb; and Newfoundland, Helga.

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A Wolbachia deubiquitylating enzyme induces cytoplasmic incompatibility. John F. Beckmann, Judith A. Ronau, & Mark Hochstrasser 2017. Nature Microbiology

Prophage WO genes recapitulate and enhance Wolbachia-induced cytoplasmic incompatibility. Daniel P. LePage, Jason A. Metcalf, Sarah R. Bordenstein,  Jungmin On, Jessamyn I. Perlmutter, J. Dylan Shropshire, Emily M. Layton, Lisa J. Funkhouser-Jones, John F. Beckmann & Seth R. Bordenstein 2017. Nature

Substrate specificity of the ubiquitin and Ubl proteases. Ronau JA, Beckmann JF, Hochstrasser M. 2016. Cell Research

Molecular Mechanism of Wolbachia Induced Cytoplasmic Incompatibility. Beckmann J.F. 2014

Detection of the Wolbachia protein WPIP0282 in mosquito spermathecae: Implications for cytoplasmic incompatibility. John F. Beckmann, Ann M. Fallon 2013. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Detection of the Wolbachia-encoded DNA binding protein, HU beta, in mosquito gonads. John F. Beckmanna, Todd W. Markowski, Bruce A. Witthuhn, Ann M. Fallon 2013. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Decapitation Improves Detection of Wolbachia pipientis (Rickettsiales: Anaplasmataceae) in Culex pipiens (Diptera: Culicidae) Mosquitoes by the Polymerase Chain Reaction. Beckmann JF, Fallon AM. 2012. Journal of Medical Entomology