A. kondoi


My long-term interests are in the evolution of biological complexity, such as that apparent in complex life histories, in intimate interactions among species, and in species-diversity of clades and communities.

My focus is on symbiosis, particularly that between multicellular hosts and microbes.


Professional History

Publications (last two years)

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Neuvonen MM, Tamarit D, Näslund K, Liebig J, Feldhaar H, Moran NA, Guy L, Andersson SG. 2016. The genome of Rhizobiales bacteria in predatory ants reveals urease gene functions but no genes for nitrogen fixation. Sci Rep. 6:39197. doi: 10.1038/srep39197.

Moran NA. 2016. When Obligate Partners Melt Down. MBio. 7(6). pii: e01904-16. doi: 10.1128/mBio.01904-16. Commentary

Powell JE, Leonard SP, Kwong WK, Engel P, Moran NA. 2016. Genome-wide screen identifies host colonization determinants in a bacterial gut symbiont. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 113:13887-13892. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1610856113

Chong RA, Moran NA. 2016. Intraspecific genetic variation in hosts affects regulation of obligate heritable symbionts. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 113: 13114-13119/ doi: 10.1073/pnas.1610749113

Zheng H, Nishida A, Kwong WK, Koch H, Engel P, Steele MI, Moran NA. 2016. Metabolism of toxic sugars by strains of the bee gut symbiont Gilliamella apicola. mBio vol. 7 no. 6 e01326-16. doi: 10.1128/mBio.01326-16

Moran NA. 2016. Insights into the roles of bacterial symbionts within flagellates of termite guts. Environ Microbiol Rep. 2016 Sep 8. doi: 10.1111/1758-2229.12471. [Epub ahead of print] Commentary

Moran NA. 2016. Old and new symbiotic partners in lachnine aphids. Environ Microbiol. 2016 Aug 31. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13516. [Epub ahead of print] Commentary

Elijah Powell J, Ratnayeke N, Moran NA. 2016. Strain diversity and host specificity in a specialized gut symbiont of honey bees and bumble bees. Mol Ecol. 25: 4461-71. doi: 10.1111/mec.13787

Schwarz RS, Moran NA, Evans JD. 2016. Early gut colonizers shape parasite susceptibility and microbiota composition in honey bee workers. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 113: 9345-50. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1606631113

Tian B, Moran NA. 2016. Genome Sequence of Hafnia alvei bta3_1, a Bacterium with Antimicrobial Properties Isolated from Honey Bee Gut. Genome Announc. 4(3). pii: e00439-16. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00439-16.

Engel P, Kwong WK, McFrederick Q, Anderson KE, Barribeau SM, Chandler JA, Cornman RS, Dainat J, de Miranda JR, Doublet V, Emery O, Evans JD, Farinelli L, Flenniken ML, Granberg F, Grasis JA, Gauthier L, Hayer J, Koch H, Kocher S, Martinson VG, Moran N, Munoz-Torres M, Newton I, Paxton RJ, Powell E, Sadd BM, Schmid-Hempel P, Schmid-Hempel R, Song SJ, Schwarz RS, vanEngelsdorp D, Dainat B. 2016. The bee microbiome: impact on bee health and model for evolution and ecology of host-microbe interactions. mBio 7(2):e02164-15. doi:10.1128/mBio.02164-15.

Kwong WK, Moran NA. 2016. Gut microbial communities of social bees.Nat Rev Microbiol. 14: 374-384. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro.2016.43

Kwong WK, Moran NA. 2016. Apibacter adventoris gen. nov., sp. nov., a member of the phylum Bacteroidetes isolated from honey bees. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 66: 1323-1329. doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.000882

Moran NA, Sloan DB. 2015. The Hologenome Concept: Helpful or Hollow? PLoS Biol. 2015 Dec 4;13(12):e1002311. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002311

Bennett GM, McCutcheon JP, Mcdonald BR, Moran NA. 2015. Lineage-specific patterns of genome deterioration in obligate symbionts of sharpshooter leafhoppers.Genome Biol Evol. 8: 296-301. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evv159.

Li J, Powell JE, Guo J, Evans JD, Wu J, Williams P, Lin Q, Moran NA, Zhang Z. 2015. Two gut community enterotypes recur in diverse bumblebee species. Curr Biol. 25: R652-3. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.06.031.

Moran NA. 2015. Genomics of the honey bee microbiome. Curr Opin Insect Sci. 10:22–28. doi: doi:10.1016/j.cois.2015.04.003

Kwong WK, Moran NA. 2015. Evolution of host specialization in gut microbes: the bee gut as a model. Gut Microbes. 6: 214-220. doi: 10.1080/19490976.2015.1047129

Engel P, Bartlett KD, Moran NA. 2015. The bacterium Frischella perrara causes scab formation in the gut of its honeybee host. MBio 6(3). pii: e00193-15. doi: 10.1128/mBio.00193-15.

Bennett GM, Moran NA. 2015. Heritable symbiosis: The advantages and perils of an evolutionary rabbit hole. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.112: 10169-10176. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1421388112

Moran NA, Yun Y. 2015. Experimental replacement of an obligate insect symbiont. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 112: 2093-2096. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1420037112