Research in the areas of microbiology and plant biology involves systems-level investigations into the genetics, biochemistry and physiology of plants, bacteria and fungi. Our studies take advantage of technological advances in genome sequencing, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics, and address fundamental questions related to infectious disease (both human and plant), stress tolerance, and symbiotic relationships. The labs in this area provide outstanding training opportunities for motivated post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates.

Rebecca Batstone
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Assistant Professor (start date July 1, 2022)

Recent advances in Next Generation Sequencing technologies and the subsequent rise in microbiome research has shown that symbiotic microbes are ubiquitous and play vital functions that impact host health; yet we lack a general understanding of how microbes evolve, and what impacts such evolution has on the host. The Batstone Lab combines quantitative genetics, bioinformatics, and mutualism theory to study how mutualistic microbes adapt to hosts, to understand how changing abiotic conditions modulate such adaptation, and to identify the genomic mechanisms underlying symbiosis evolution.

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