Our microbial metagenomics research focuses on evaluating genetic basis of important host-associated microbiome phenotypes (e.g., anti-pathogen metabolite and tetrodotoxin production).
We are interested in evaluating co-evolutionary associations between hosts and pathogens through changes in immunogenetics. In addition, part of our research explores the influence of host immunogenetics (i.e., MHC genes) on skin microbial community composition.
Microbiome- Amphibian Chytrid Fungus Interactions
A lot of research has explored the inhibition of chytrid growth by amphibian skin pathogens; however, there is a lack of knowledge regarding pathogen effects on skin symbionts. We explore possible co-evolutionary interactions between fungal pathogens and host-associated microbiomes.