What we do

Research Overview

Microbiome research is among the most exciting and promising areas of science today due to many technological advances, particular in high throughput DNA and RNA sequencing, that allow us to determine in complex environments which microbes are present and their metabolism. A prominent component of our research is using genomic and computational methods to understand the ecology and evolution of gut and forest soil microbiomes. Our laboratory is set up for standard molecular biology and microbial physiology research and contains specialized equipment for isolating and culturing anaerobic bacteria. The research we do has led to the discovery of new bacterial species and metabolic processes that have have far ranging impacts from probiotics to understanding climate change. Our research is currently funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, United States Department of Agriculture, and the Morris Animal Foundation. More....

Lab News

* Congratulations to Josia on a Ray and Lorna Coppinger Endowment Grant to support her research at the Harvard Forest warming plots
* Just in time for Halloween...Recycling the Dead...an article in Science News for Students that includes our research
* Our UMass Industry-Academic Grant with New England Biolabs has been funded. This award will provide significant research and mentoring experiences in the private sector for Kelly, William and Lauren
* Ava, Eric, Fauzia, Madhura and Shane received Commonwealth College fellowships or grants. What an impressive group!
* The Center for Microbiome Research, a collaboration with the UMass Medical Center and UMass Dartmouth was funded through an award from the President's Science and Technology Development Fund
* The complete genome sequence of Clostridium indolis, a bacterium isolated from soil and human clinical specimens associated with infections of the intestinal tract, has been published