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.

Recent Posts

We contain multitudes

A couple of years ago, our lab read Ed Yong’s I Contain Multitudes. This year during the Atlanta Science Festival, we got a chance to hear him give a talk on microbes and participate in a panel discussion on the intersection between science and theater. We also got our books signed afterwards!

  1. A well deserved award Comments Off on A well deserved award
  2. Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science! Comments Off on Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science!
  3. Happy Birthday, Nicole! Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Nicole!
  4. Happy Holidays from the Gerardo Lab to You Comments Off on Happy Holidays from the Gerardo Lab to You
  5. Attine 2018 Comments Off on Attine 2018
  6. Reunited Comments Off on Reunited
  7. ESA 2018 Comments Off on ESA 2018
  8. Aphids, Wings, Fungus: A Tale of Many Experiments Comments Off on Aphids, Wings, Fungus: A Tale of Many Experiments
  9. New Arrivals: Scott and Quimi Comments Off on New Arrivals: Scott and Quimi