Ecology, Evolution and Engineering of Host-Associated Microbiomes

The realization that microbial communities, associated with virtually all multicellular organisms, have tremendous impact on their hosts’ health and development is considered one of the most important scientific discoveries in the last decade. Our research focuses on the ecology, evolution and engineering of host-associated microbial communities. Through novel experimental and computational approaches, we aim to unravel the complexity of microbial worlds in new dimensions and achieve targeted microbiome engineering.

1)Quantitative microbial ecology

Ecological dynamics of microbial communities in response to perturbations

Spatial organization of microbial communities in host-associated environments

2)Microbial evolution and functional metagenomics

Functional diversity of host-associated microbiomes

3)Microbiome engineering

Targeted engineering of host-associated microbiomes at the ecological level and at the genomic level