Our lab is curently researching:
1. Signaling in Rhizobia, which are bacteria that can nodulate and provide nitrogen to plants
2. How soil bacteria sense and avoid being eaten by protist predators
3. The symbiotic community made of protists and bacteria that allow termites to eat wood
4. How to develop bacterial biosensors for monitoring complex environments at small scales
Our approaches to these problems make use of genetics, molecular biology, microfluidics and microscopy/image analysis.
In addition are developing tools and techniques that let us use bacteria as biosensors in complex environments such as soil.
More details can be found on the research page