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 insect–microbe systems in which both the host insects and their associated microbes 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.

Recent Posts

Undergrad Kino Maravillas receives research funding

by Nicole Gerardo

Kino received a grant from Emory to fund his collaborative research with postdoc Erika Diaz-Almeyda on how milpa agriculture (the planting of corn, beans and squash together) shapes the soil microbial community. The planting experiments were carried out at Oxford Farm, near Emory’s Oxford campus. We are so grateful for their support.

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