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Welcome to the Bordenstein laboratory!

We ask non-linear questions to probe the rules of symbiosis, evolution, and their inseperable connections. Key questions that guide our science include:

  • What is the role of the microbiome in the origin of species? Info | News | Pubs
  • Can viruses hack symbiosis to spread across the tree of life? Info | News | Pubs
  • How does evolution inform the discovery of new antibiotics? Publication | News
  • What is the relative importance of vertical and environmental microbial transmission in animals? Info | News | Pubs


News & Events

August 2015 - Just published in PLOS Biology "Host Biology in Light of the Microbiome: Ten Principles of Holobionts and Hologenomes" (Link) | Collaboration with Kevin Theis | Press release on the story behind the paper (Vanderbilt Research News)

March 2015 - People Behind The Science Podcast with Seth | Seeing Science and Symbiosis Through the Lens of an Evolutionary Microbiologist (Link)

January 2015 - Tandem-Repeat Domains Across the Tree of Life | New publication at PeerJ

December 2014 - Seth chats with Naked Scientists on antibiotic gene transfer across the tree of life and bioprospecting Archaea. Podcast link | eLife article