Uncovering the Organization of Microbial Communities
SINGLE-CELL BIOLOGY TOOL DEVELOPMENT
In order to identify community interactions, we have been developing microfluidic, molecular, and microscopy tools to identify and interrogate the spatial and dynamic behavior of single bacterial cells within complex microbial environments
SYSTEMS BIOLOGY OF MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES
We use a systems biology approach to understand the interactions of community members within clonal and multi-species bacterial communiities
Microbial communities are important for our understanding of environmental processes, and in the context of infectious disease. We can leverage our understanding of community structure to engineer more productive and robust industrial plants (fermenters) as well as to respond to pesky pathogens.