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.


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!

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!


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