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.

 

Review published at Current Opinion in Biotechnology

Our review, Multi-faceted approaches to discovering and predicting microbial nutritional interactions, is now online at Current Opinion in Biotechnology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copbio.2019.08.005

Article published at mBio

Our paper, Cofactor Selectivity in Methylmalonyl Coenzyme A Mutase, a Model Cobamide-Dependent Enzyme, is now online at mBio https://doi.org/10.1128/mBio.01303-19

New preprint: Flexible cobamide metabolism in Clostridioides (Clostridium) difficile 630 Δerm

Check out our new preprint on bioRxiv by Amanda N Shelton, Xun Lyu, and Michiko E Taga. It can be found here: https://doi.org/10.1101/772582

Welcome to rotation student Zoila!

Zoila Alvarez Aponte joins the Taga lab for a rotation in the PMB department. Welcome Zoila!

Congrats to Dr. Olga Sokolovskaya and Dr. Amanda Shelton!

Michi, Amanda, and Olga with a lollipop
Dr. Olga Sokolovskaya and Dr. Amanda Shelton graduated with their PhDs in chemistry and microbiology, respectively! Congratulations!

Taga lab at Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages Meeting 2019

Grad student Kris Kennedy will be presenting a poster at the Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages Meeting "Phages Meeting" on Aug 5-9, 2019.

Taga lab at GRC Microbial Population Biology 2019

Sebastian Gude is presenting a poster at the 2019 GRC Microbial Population Biology!

Taga lab at ASM Microbe 2019

The Taga lab will be at ASM Microbe 2019. Amanda Shelton is presenting a poster and talk, Alexa Nicolas is presenting a poster and a rapid fire talk, and Joseph Maa is presenting a poster. Click below for details.

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