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.
Postdoc Miguel Reyes was invited to join the Linton-Poodry Leadership Institute associated with SACNAS Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science. This is in part in recognition of his recent initiative to found a SACNAS chapter at Emory University this year. Congrats!