Overview

Our lab’s focus is on the evolutionary ecology of interactions between microbes and hosts. We are interested in how both beneficial and harmful microbes establish and maintain relationships with their hosts. Such associations are shaped by ecological limitations on host and symbiont range, evolutionary trade-offs for both hosts and microbes, and host immunology. We combine genomic and experimental approaches to study these forces in diverse insect-microbe systems. To address these topics, we utilize the versatility of systems in which both the hosts and their microbial partners and pathogens can be maintained in the laboratory.

The lab is headed by Dr. Nicole Gerardo, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The Gerardo lab is deeply committed to fostering an environment where each member feels that they are supportive and where they can develop as researchers, scholars and mentors. 

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Recent Posts

Gerardo Lab: Leaders in so many ways!

The Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution (PBEE) graduate program 2022 NCAA basketball tournament challenge winners were Jacoby Robinson for the men’s tournament and Levi Morran for the women’s tournament.
 
A graduate student in the Gerardo lab, Jacoby’s faith in his Jayhawks paid off as their championship win catapulted Jacoby past grad student David Jimenez-Vallejo for the win. Both Jacoby and David picked 3 of the Final 4 teams correctly in a crazy year for upsets.
 
On the other hand, Levi’s faith in his Hoosiers nearly sunk his bracket on the women’s side. However, South Carolina’s win in the championship was just enough for Levi to pass Daniel Weissman at the end.
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  8. A celebration of Nicole Comments Off on A celebration of Nicole
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