Nancy A. Moran
Professor, Integrative Biology
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
Former Lab Members
I have been helping to develop tools for studying the biological and functional complexity of microbes and their interactions with each other and their hosts in the guts of honey bees and bumble bees.
Jo Anne Holley
Associate Professor of Practice
Bugs in Bugs Stream
Freshman Research Initiative
ERICK V. da SILVA MOTTA
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow
USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow
I’m broadly interested in both studying and engineering biological systems involving bacteria. Currently, I’m developing molecular tools for use in engineering symbionts of honey bees.
ALAN E. SILVA CERQUEIRA
I am interested in host-associated bacteria, especially Orbaceae living in Carpenter bee guts. My goal is to isolate, identify and sequence genome of these symbionts. I am also an enthusiast of the stingless bee gut microbiota research.
Graduate Student, Cell & Molecular Biology
I am broadly interested in the evolution of bacterial endosymbionts and their eukaryotic hosts. I am also interested in how insect physiology and development impact symbiont transmission and how these factors then shape endosymbiont evolution.
Graduate Student, Microbiology
Amanda Tristão Santini
PhD candidate in Agricultural Microbiology
Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil
Corey the Bug
Lab Mascot, 2016-2017