THE BACTERIAL ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION LAB

 

ABOUT

Welcome to the Bacterial Ecology and Evolution (BEE) lab! 

  

The main focus of our lab is understanding the evolution of bacterial predator-prey interactions and their influence on sympatric microbial species. To do so, we use generalist bacterial predator Myxococcus xanthus. M. xanthus is a predatory bacterium that kills and eats other microbes by secreting antimicrobial compounds and forms spore-filled multicellular fruiting bodies upon starvation. 

  

We predict that microbial predators, and particularly M. xanthus has a significant influence on microbial physiology and diversity in nature. Hence two primary themes in the laboratory are:

  1. Bacterial predation: Here we study antimicrobial strategies used by M. xanthus and resistance to such strategies by prey bacteria 

  2. M. xanthus evolution: We study the influence of lifecycle on the evolution of cooperation and development. 

  

Please have a look at the research page to learn more about the major themes of research.

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