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.


Alexa passed quals!

May 2018. Alexa Nicolas passed her qualifying exam. Congrats!

Congrats to our graduating seniors!

Lab undergrads Clare Lou, Anna Grimaldo, and Joseph Maa graduated from UC Berkeley. Congrats to them!

Taga Lab Undergrads Present at CNR Research Showcase and Honors Symposium

Clare Lou and Anna Grimaldo presented posters at the CNR Research Showcase on April 20. See them again at the CNR Honors Symposium on May 3!

Olga presenting at 2017 West Coast Bacterial Physiologists Meeting

Grad student Olga Sokolovskaya is presenting a talk on her research at the West Coast Bacterial Physiologists Meeting (Dec 15-17). Look for her and the lab at the meeting!

Taga lab presents at PMB Department Retreat!

Members of the Taga lab presented at the 2017 Plant and Microbial Department Retreat. Kris Kennedy gave a talk and Amanda Shelton presented a poster.


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