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.


Updated research page on our website!

Check out our updated Research Page on our website to see what we are currently working on. Our past work is featured on our Publications Page.

Taga Lab at conferences this summer!

The Taga lab has been busy going to conferences this summer. Grad students Olga, Amanda, and Kris presented posters at the Enzymes, Coenzymes and Metabolic Pathways GRC, the Applied and Environmental Microbiology GRC, and the JGI Microbial and Plant Systems Modulated by Secondary Metabolites Meeting respectively. Professor Michi Taga presented at the Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages Meeting and the NIH Microbiome Workshop.

Kris passed quals!

June 2017. Kris Kennedy passed his qualifying exam! Congratulations!

Gordon passed his quals!

May 2017. Gordon Pherribo passed his qualifying exam! Congratulations!

Michi Taga featured in CNR Breakthroughs Magazine

Dr. Michi Taga is featured in the CNR Breakthroughs Magazine this semester in an article on women and diversity in STEM, entitled "Q&A: Female Bench Scientists Talk Diversity."

Alexa Nicolas joins the lab!

May 2017. PMB graduate student Alexa Nicolas joins the Taga and Firestone labs.

Taga lab undergrad research at CNR Spring Poster Session and Cal Day

Undergrad Clare Yue Lou presented her poster at the College of Natural Resources Spring Poster Session and at Cal Day 2017.

Taga lab wins prizes at 2017 Microbiology Student Symposium

Taga lab graduate students Kris Kennedy and Olga Sokolovskaya won second place in the graduate student category in the poster competition at the 2017 Microbiology Student Symposium. Taga lab undergraduate student Clare Yue Lou won second place in the undergraduate student category in the same poster competition. Postdoc Sebastian Gude also presented a poster at the symposium. Graduate student Amanda Shelton gave a talk at the symposium.


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