Moran Lab Research

green and pink pea aphids

My long-term interests are in the biology of symbiosis, particularly that between multicellular hosts and microbes. Symbioses are central in the evolution of complexity, have evolved many times and are critical to the lifestyles of many animals and plants and also to whole ecosystems, in which symbiotic organisms are key players. The primary reason that symbiosis research is suddenly active, after decades at the margins of mainstream biology, is that DNA technology and genomics give us enormous new ability to discover symbiont diversity, and more significantly, to reveal how microbial metabolic capabilities contribute to the functioning of hosts and biological communities.

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  • Congratulations to Nancy Moran on receiving the 2023 Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology from the National Science Foundation. (January 2023)
  • Hillary Ovalle and Tiffany Lu join the lab as Undergraduate Research Assistants (October 2022)
  • Kathleen Sotelo joins the lab as an Undergraduate Research Assistant (July 2022)