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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.

 

Taga Lab at conferences this summer!

The Taga lab has been busy going to conferences this summer. Grad students Olga, Amanda, and Kris presented posters at the Enzymes, Coenzymes and Metabolic Pathways GRC, the Applied and Environmental Microbiology GRC, and the JGI Microbial and Plant Systems Modulated by Secondary Metabolites Meeting respectively.

Kris passed quals!

June 2017. Kris Kennedy passed his qualifying exam! Congratulations!

Gordon passed his quals!

May 2017. Gordon Pherribo passed his qualifying exam! Congratulations!

Michi Taga featured in CNR Breakthroughs Magazine

Dr. Michi Taga is featured in the CNR Breakthroughs Magazine this semester in an article on women and diversity in STEM, entitled "Q&A: Female Bench Scientists Talk Diversity."

Alexa Nicolas joins the lab!

May 2017. PMB graduate student Alexa Nicolas joins the Taga and Firestone labs.

Taga lab undergrad research at CNR Spring Poster Session and Cal Day

Undergrad Clare Yue Lou presented her poster at the College of Natural Resources Spring Poster Session and at Cal Day 2017.

Taga lab wins prizes at 2017 Microbiology Student Symposium

Taga lab graduate students Kris Kennedy and Olga Sokolovskaya won second place in the graduate student category in the poster competition at the 2017 Microbiology Student Symposium. Taga lab undergraduate student Clare Yue Lou won second place in the undergraduate student category in the same poster competition. Postdoc Sebastian Gude also presented a poster at the symposium. Graduate student Amanda Shelton gave a talk at the symposium.

Taga Lab at the 2017 UC Berkeley Microbiology Retreat

Taga lab at the retreat: L to R top row: Gordon, Olga, Kris, Sebastian, Kenny, bottom row: Amanda, Michi, Kathryn
Michi led the organizing committee for this year's UC Berkeley Microbiology Retreat on March 23 at Tilden Regional Park. Olga gave a talk on her work on the corrinoid specificity of methylmalonyl-CoA mutase. Sebastian, Gordon, and Amanda presented posters on their work.

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