We endeavor to understand the principles that shape interactions between hosts, microbes, and viruses as well as the major consequences and applications of these interactions. Four key questions that drive basic and translational outcomes are:
How did life go from one to many millions of species today? How do microbes impact the origin of new animal species? Info | News | Pubs
How do viral genomes evolve and function in intracellular bacteria (Wolbachia)? Can this knowledge be applied to control mosquito-borne diseases? Info | News | Pubs
Will bioprospecting Archaea fuel discovery of new antibiotics? Publication | News
What is the evolutionary genetic and functional basis of animal x microbe interactions? Can this knowledge be applied to precision medicine initiatives? Info | News | Pubs
News & Events
May 2018 - New publication at Current Biology. A maternal-effect, taxon-restricted gene in wasps controls titer of maternally transmitted Wolbachia.
January 2018 - New at Genome Biology and Evolution. Evolutionary genetics of cytoplasmic incompatibility genes cifA and cifB in prophage WO of Wolbachia. Collaboration with Irene Newton lab.
December 2017 - New at Molecular Ecology. Microbial communities exhibit host species distinguishability and phylosymbiosis along the length of the gastrointestinal tract. Collaboration with Kevin Kohl and Denise Dearing.
February 2017 - Prophage WO genes recapitulate and enhance Wolbachia-induced cytoplasmic incompatibility. Nature. With undergraduate co-author, Emily Layton. Select coverage: