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.

 

New review on microbial communities in FEMS Microbiology Reviews

July 2016. Nicole's and Michi's review on microbial communities is available to read on FEMS Microbiology Reviews at DOI: 10.1093/femsre/fuw019. They describe the variety of approaches used to decode microbial interactions and the necessity of top-down, bottom-up, and everything in between approaches to understand the complexity of microbial communities.

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.

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