Dr. Gordon C. Cannon
Dr. Gordon C. Cannon is a T.W. Bennett Distinguished Professor in the Sciences and Vice President for Research at The University of Southern Mississippi.
He joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1987 after spending five years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology. A biochemist and microbiologist by training, Cannon’s research has focused on carbon metabolism of autotrophic bacteria.
His long-standing interest in bacterial microcompartments, exemplified by the carboxysome found in many CO2 fixing microbes, began while he was an undergraduate student, and research into carboxysome structure/function relationships has been the central theme of his professional career for nearly 40 years. He currently is part of a multinational team or researchers who seek to obtain structural information of the carboxysome, the CO2 fixing module of many environmentally important bacteria, using the X-ray free electron laser at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
In his current administrative position as Vice President for Research, he serves as the university’s chief research officer and is responsible for leading and overseeing USM’s research enterprise.
Dr. Cannon is the executive director of the USM Research Foundation and oversees operation at the university’s technology incubator, The Accelerator.