My life with nature

Annu Rev Biochem. 2011;80:42-70. doi: 10.1146/annurev-biochem-121609-100316.


After a childhood in Germany and being a youth in Grand Forks, North Dakota, I went to Harvard University, then to graduate school in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin. Then to Washington University and Stanford University for postdoctoral training in biochemistry and genetics. Then at the University of Wisconsin, as a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and the Department of Genetics, I initiated research on bacterial chemotaxis. Here, I review this research by me and by many, many others up to the present moment. During the past few years, I have been studying chemotaxis and related behavior in animals, namely in Drosophila fruit flies, and some of these results are presented here. My current thinking is described.

Publication types

  • Autobiography
  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology
  • Biochemistry / history
  • Chemotaxis
  • Education, Graduate
  • Electrophysiology
  • Escherichia coli / physiology
  • Escherichia coli / ultrastructure
  • Escherichia coli Proteins / genetics
  • Escherichia coli Proteins / metabolism
  • Flagella / metabolism
  • Flagella / ultrastructure
  • Germany
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • North Dakota
  • Research* / education
  • Universities
  • Washington
  • Workforce


  • Escherichia coli Proteins

Personal name as subject

  • Julius Adler