Microbial interactions in the evolution and transmission of infectious disease
At the MML, we use the tools of genomics and bioinformatics to study the function (metatranscriptome) and functional capabilities (metagenome) encoded in microbial communities associated with arthropod vectors of infectious disease. Our long-term goal is to understand how interactions among and between these microbial communities affect host viability and pathogen survival. We are particularly interested in the role of obligate intracellular bacteria and their impact on other host-associated microbiota.
Now hiring GRAs/GTAs, to study: Rickettsia metabolism and its role in pathogenesis, the impact of intrinsic microbiota on tick fitness and vector competence, and other projects.
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