Bacteriology
Associate Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Plant Sciences, Coordinator, Digital Learning and Online Education, Member of the Graduate Faculty
We are interested in understanding the genetic basis for bacterial interactions with other organisms (be they plants, insects, fungi, other bacteria), and on how evolution shapes these interactions. By better understanding the rules and molecules that structure such relationships, we hope to develop new ways to manipulate these interactions (e.g. through the development of specific antimicrobial compounds) or shape their evolutionary dynamics through time.
Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Entomology / Insect Science - GIDP, Professor, Plant Science, Regents Professor, Plant Sciences, Research Associate Professor, Entomology
Unravel the phylodynamics and transmission-specific determinants of emerging plant virus/fastidious bacteria-insect vector complexes, and translate new knowledge to abate pathogen spread in food systems.
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Gastrointestinal Microbiology, Assistant Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP
Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Basic Medical Sciences, Associate Professor, Clinical Translational Sciences, Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Assistant Professor, Applied BioSciences - GIDP, Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Immunobiology, Member of the Graduate Faculty
Metals such as calcium and iron are essential to living organisms. Some metals in excess, like copper, are detrimental to bacteria. My laboratory studies this phenomenon in Streptococcus pneumoniae to find novels method for killing pathogenic bacteria.
Associate Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Associate Professor, Applied BioSciences - GIDP, Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Member of the Graduate Faculty
Director, Microbial Pathogenesis Program, Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Biochemistry/Molecular Biophysics, Professor, Genetics - GIDP, Professor, Immunobiology, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology
How do bacteria "talk" to the body? How does the body reply to the microbe? How does this conversation affect your health and well being?
Assistant Professor, Agricultural-Biosystems Engineering, Assistant Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Ecosystem Genomics, Assistant Professor, Genetics - GIDP, Member of the Graduate Faculty
We study the biodiversity, biogeography, evolutionary origins, and ecological roles of plant-associated microorganisms. We use a combination of traditional culture-based microbiology, functional assays, and next-generation 'omics tools to study microbial symbiont communities in diverse lineages of land plants at scales ranging from local to global. We are interested in characterizing the biotic and abiotic factors shaping the assembly of plant-associated fungal communities, how community structure and diversity impacts ecosystem function, and the evolutionary dynamics of fungal symbiont evolution in the context of closely related pathogens and saprotrophs.
Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Co-Director, Collaboratory for Anti-infectives and Therapeutics, Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Around the world, diarrhea kills ninety children every hour. My laboratory uses the latest technology to understand how bacteria cause diarrhea in children. In addition to providing clues for new ways to prevent disease, our research helps us understand how the body maintains good health.
Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP, Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP, Director, Willed Body Program