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.
By Nicole Gerardo
In September 2017, Erica Harris and I were fortunate to be able to attend a wonderful symposium in Blossin, Germany on Ecological Immunology that was organized by Oliver Otti, Paul Schmid-Hempel and Jens Rolff. It was practically half immunology and half symbiosis, so I felt right at home. Invigorating science all around… oh, and a nice swim in the lake. Here’s a picture of the group.
- Postdoc Symposium
- A leader in the lab learns more about being a leader in the science community
- It’s Official…
- Miguel Invited to Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute
- Future Lab Member Awarded NSF postdoc!
- Mellon Mays Award to Erica!
- Ph.D. candidates, Wen-Hao and Kim
- GRFP Celebration!
- Another Successful Atlanta Science Festival!