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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Bennett GM, Moran NA. 2015. Heritable symbiosis: The advantages and perils of an evolutionary rabbit hole. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Feb 23. pii: 201421388. [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1073/pnas.1421388112

Moran NA, Yun Y. 2015. Experimental replacement of an obligate insect symbiont. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Jan 5. pii: 201420037. [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1073/pnas.1420037112

Kwong WK, Mancenido AL, Moran NA. 2014. Genome Sequences of Lactobacillus sp. Strains wkB8 and wkB10, Members of the Firm-5 Clade, from Honey Bee Guts. Genome Announc. 2(6) pii: e01176-14. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.01176-14.

Bennett GM, McCutcheon JP, MacDonald BR, Romanovicz D, Moran NA. 2014. Differential genome evolution between companion symbionts in an insect-bacterial symbiosis. MBio 5(5) pii: e01697-14. doi: 10.1128/mBio.01697-14.

Powell JE, Martinson VG, Urban-Mead K, Moran NA. 2014. Routes of acquisition of the gut microbiota of Apis mellifera. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2014 Sep 19. pii: AEM.01861-14. [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1128/AEM.01861-14

Engel P, Stepanauskas R, Moran NA. 2014. Hidden diversity in honey bee gut symbionts detected by single-cell genomics. PLoS Genet. 10(9):e1004596. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1004596.

Kwong WK, Engel P, Koch H, Moran NA. 2014. Genomics and host specialization of honey bee and bumble bee gut symbionts. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 111: 11509-11514. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1405838111.

Moran NA, Bennett GM. 2104. The tiniest tiny genomes. Annu Rev Microbiol. 68:195-215. doi: 10.1146/annurev-micro-091213-112901.

Cariveau DP, Elijah Powell J, Koch H, Winfree R, Moran NA. 2014. Variation in gut microbial communities and its association with pathogen infection in wild bumble bees (Bombus). ISME J. 8(12):2369-2379. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2014.68

Martinson VG, Magoc T, Koch H, Salzberg SL, Moran NA. 2014. Genomic features of a bumble bee symbiont reflect its host environment. Appl Environ Microbiol. 80: 3793-3803. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00322-14

Sabree ZL, Moran NA. 2014. Host-specific assemblages typify gut microbial communities of related insect species. Springerplus 3:138. doi: 10.1186/2193-1801-3-138

Koga R, Moran NA. 2014. Swapping symbionts in spittlebugs: evolutionary replacement of a reduced genome symbiont. ISME J. 8: 1237-1246. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2013.235

Sloan DB, Nakabachi A, Richards S, Qu J, Murali SC, Gibbs RA, Moran NA. 2014. Parallel histories of horizontal gene transfer facilitated extreme reduction of endosymbiont genomes in sap-feeding insects. Mol Bio Evol. 31: 857-871. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msu004

Hansen AK, Moran NA. 2014. The impact of microbial symbionts on host plant utilization by herbivorous insects. Mol Ecol. 23: 1473-1496. doi: 10.1111/mec.12421.