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.


New review on microbial communities in FEMS Microbiology Reviews

July 2016. Nicole's and Michi's review on microbial communities is available to read on FEMS Microbiology Reviews at DOI: 10.1093/femsre/fuw019. They describe the variety of approaches used to decode microbial interactions and the necessity of top-down, bottom-up, and everything in between approaches to understand the complexity of microbial communities.

Kris Kennedy and Gordon Pherribo join the lab

May 2016. Two PMB microbiology graduate students, Kris Kennedy and Gordon Pherribo, join the lab.

Amrita Hazra now faculty at IISER Pune

Taga lab postdoc Dr. Amrita Hazra is now an assistant professor at IISER Pune, in Pune, India. Congratulations to Amrita!

Dr. Michi Taga promoted to Associate Professor

Congratulations to Michi! She was promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Welcome to our new rotation students

Gordon Pherribo and Kris Kennedy join us from the PMB microbiology program.


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