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.


Article published at ISMEJ

Our paper, Uneven distribution of cobamide biosynthesis and dependence in bacteria predicted by comparative genomics, is now online at ISME J. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-018-0304-9

Taga lab at LAMG 2018

Michi Taga, Amanda Shelton, and Terrence Crofts at LAMG 2018
Past and present members of the Taga lab presented at the LAMG 2018 conference.

Taga lab at the PMB retreat!

Members of the Taga lab attended the 2018 Plant and Microbial Biology Department Retreat. Grad student Amanda Shelton won second place for her talk, and postdoc Zach Hallberg presented a poster.

Welcome to new undergrad, Victoria!

Fall 2018: Victoria Innocent joins the lab as an undergraduate researcher.

Taga lab at 2018 GRC Tetrapyrroles!

Members of the Taga lab are attending the 2018 Gordon Research Conference on the Chemistry and Biology of Tetrapyrroles. Grad students Kris Kennedy and Olga Sokolovskaya are presenting posters, and Professor Michi Taga is giving a talk.

Welcome to rotation student Caroline!

Caroline Boyd is joining the lab for a rotation in the department of Plant and Microbial Biology.

Welcome to new undergraduates!

New undergraduate students have just begun research in our lab. Welcome to Kimberly Kang, Soohan Woo, and Xun (Allen) Lyu!

New Preprint: Uneven distribution of cobamide biosynthesis and dependence in bacteria predicted by comparative genomics

Check out our new preprint on BioRxiv, by Amanda Shelton, Erica Seth, Kenny Mok, Andrew Han, and Michi Taga in collaboration with Samantha Jackson and David Haft at the J. Craig Venter Institute!


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