We are interested in understanding how microorganisms that reside in complex communities interact through the sharing of nutrients, and how these interactions shape the composition and function of microbial communities. Our major research focus is on the vitamin B12 family of molecules (corrinoids), nutrients that are synthesized only by a fraction of the bacteria that use them. We use molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, and analytical chemistry to investigate how these cofactors are synthesized, used, and acquired by bacteria.


Kris Kennedy and Gordon Pherribo join the lab

May 2016. Two PMB microbiology graduate students, Kris Kennedy and Gordon Pherribo, join the lab.

Amrita Hazra now faculty at IISER Pune

Taga lab postdoc Dr. Amrita Hazra is now an assistant professor at IISER Pune, in Pune, India. Congratulations to Amrita!

Dr. Michi Taga promoted to Associate Professor

Congratulations to Michi! She was promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Welcome to our new rotation students

Gordon Pherribo and Kris Kennedy join us from the PMB microbiology program.

New Publication: Anaerobic Biosynthesis of Lower Ligand of Vitamin B12

August 2015. Amrita and collaborators reveal the bzaABCDE genes to make benzimidazole lower ligands anaerobically in their new paper in PNAS.


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