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 and the United States Department of Agriculture. More....

Lab News

* Nick is quoted on the front page of the Gazette Cutting-edge science: UMass, state formally launch $150M life sciences institute at flagship

* Commentary and photos from the lab in The Promise of Probiotics

* Congratulations to William on receiving a travel scholarship to SACNAS in Long Beach, CA

* We are grateful to the DOE's Joint Genome Institute (JGI) and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) for accepting our project proposal. We are excited to work with them!

* Kudos to Lauren for her DOE graduate fellowship award to work with our collaborators at the Joint Genome Institute and the University of Vienna.

* Genome sequencing of our mutation accumulation lines contributed to understanding Tempo and mode of genome evolution in a 50,000-generation experiment published in Nature.