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 insect–microbe systems in which both the host insects and their associated microbes can be maintained in the laboratory.
Congratulations to Erica Harris. She received a MMUF Dissertation Grant from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. This will support her work on the rols of the monarch butterfly microbiome in disease resistance. Woot!
- Ph.D. candidates, Wen-Hao and Kim
- GRFP Celebration!
- Another Successful Atlanta Science Festival!
- former grad student Nelle Couret receives fellowship at URI
- congrats, Wen-Hao
- congrats, Erica
- ASM agar art contest
- former postdoc Lynn Griffin takes position as lecturer at UCSB
- welcome postdoc, Erika Diaz-Almeyda