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Lab members, August 2019

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.

 

New review in Science

Did you know microbes need vitamins? And they can be picky about which one. Learn more about vitamin B12 and related molecules and how they affect microbes in our review: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aba0165

Article published in mSystems

Our hypothesis paper, Emergence of Metabolite Provisioning as a By-Product of Evolved Biological Functions, is now online at mSystems. https://doi.org/10.1128/mSystems.00259-20

Welcome new lab members Zoila and Becky!

PMB graduate students Zoila Alvarez-Aponte and Becky Procknow joined to Taga lab. Welcome Zoila and Becky!

Welcome to new undergraduate student Catherine!

New undergraduate student Catherine Fields has just begun research in our lab. Welcome Catherine!

Thanks to all URAP and SPUR applicants!

Thanks to all the students who applied through the URAP and SPUR programs! Unfortunately we could only offer the position to one student, but we were impressed by everyone's interests, talents, and enthusiasm for research. We wish you all the best as you continue your scientific pursuits.

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