Zoom in on any patch of our planet and you will find a diverse group of microorganisms living together. Invisible to the naked eye, microbes live in complex communities that inhabit oceans, soils, our homes, and our bodies. Microbes are not mere inhabitants of these environments; they play a major role in the health of the environment in which they reside. Various types of molecular interactions occur between species in a microbial community, such as the exchange of nutrients or competition for resources. These molecular relationships shape the composition of the community and, in turn, the health of the ecosystem. However, the specifics of microbial interactions remain unknown. By examining microbes in isolation, in co-cultures, and within wholescale communities, the Taga Lab aims to uncover hidden interactions between microbes. We hope to apply our knowledge to manipulate microbial growth in controlled ways in order to dissect relationships between microbes and uncover new ways to promote environmental and human health.

 

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.

Welcome to new undergrad!

Clare Lou from the Microbial Sciences major joins the lab.

2016 Conference Round-Up

WCBP Meeting 2016
The Taga lab went to the Gordon Research Conference on Tetrapyrroles this summer where Olga and Amanda presented posters. The lab went to West Coast Bacterial Physiologists in December, where Amanda gave a talk. Here's a photo of us in Sand City, near Monterrey, after the West Coast Meeting!

Welcome to new undergrads

Anna Grimaldo and Jenny Marino join the Taga lab from the URAP program.

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.

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