Postdoctoral Research Projects
All animals host microbial communities (microbiotas). In some animals, including humans, the diversity of microbial genes is far greater than the diversity of host genes, raising the intriguing possibility that microbial genomes could be a source of genetic variation contributing to host adaptation. My postdoctoral research will investigate the role of gut microbes in facilitating adaptation in their hosts. Specifically, I will assess how host evolution, microbe evolution, and microbial diversity interact to determine adaptation to environmental toxins, using the worm Caenorhabditis elegans and its community of gut bacteria as an experimental model.