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.

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Attine 2018

With support from Emory’s SPRINT program with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), we brought a small group of biologists together to explore latest research and  potential for collaboration in studying the evolution of the fungus-growing ant symbiosis. Attendees included (from left to right in the photo): top row, Cameron Currie (Wisconsin), Andre Rodrigues (UNESP-RC – Brazil), Tim Read (Emory), Kendra Autumn (Utah), Bryn Dentinger (Utah), Caio Leal-Dutra (Aberystwyth), Aileen Berasategui (Emory), Ted Schultz (Smithsonian); bottom row, Caitlin Conn (Emory), Nicole Gerardo, Quimi Montoya (UNESP, Emory) and Mauricio Bacci (UNESP-RC).

It was an amazing few days of science.

  1. Reunited Comments Off on Reunited
  2. ESA 2018 Comments Off on ESA 2018
  3. Aphids, Wings, Fungus: A Tale of Many Experiments Comments Off on Aphids, Wings, Fungus: A Tale of Many Experiments
  4. New Arrivals: Scott and Quimi Comments Off on New Arrivals: Scott and Quimi
  5. Sandra’s Seriously Spectacular Series of Scholarly Scientific Studies in September Comments Off on Sandra’s Seriously Spectacular Series of Scholarly Scientific Studies in September
  6. Undergrad Kino Maravillas receives research funding Comments Off on Undergrad Kino Maravillas receives research funding
  7. College for Life Sciences Fellowship from the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin Comments Off on College for Life Sciences Fellowship from the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
  8. Former Undergrad soon to be Dr. Ehi Comments Off on Former Undergrad soon to be Dr. Ehi
  9. Ecological Immunology 2017 Comments Off on Ecological Immunology 2017