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.

 

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.

Quick guide published in Current Biology

Our quick guide on Cobamides is now online at Current Biology. https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1aR943QW8RqLVu https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.11.049

Article published in Journal of Bacteriology

Our paper, Flexible cobamide metabolism in Clostridioides (Clostridium) difficile 630 Δerm, is now online in Journal of Bacteriology. https://doi.org/10.1128/JB.00584-19

Taga lab at West Coast Bacterial Physiologists Meeting 2019

Kenny Mok will be giving a talk at the West Coast Bacterial Physiologists Meeting on Dec 14, 2019.

Taga lab at AGU Fall Meeting 2019

Grad student Alexa Nicolas will be giving a talk at the AGU Fall Meeting on Dec 13, 2019.

Welcome to rotation student Becky!

Rebecca Procknow joins the Taga lab for a rotation in the PMB department. Welcome Becky!

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