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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 will bioprospecting Archaea fuel discovery of new antibiotics? Publication | News
  • What is the relative importance of vertical and environmental microbial transmission in animals? Info | News | Pubs


News & Events

September 2015 - New perspective and podcast on host genes, community ecology, and heritability of the microbiome in Science (Link and pdf) | By graduate student Teddy Van Opstal

August 2015 - In PLOS Biology (open access) "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)

July 2015 - New pub in Nature Communications (open access) on "Bile diversion to the distal small intestine has comparable metabolic benefits to bariatric surgery" (Link)

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