Symbiosis

Many animal-bacterial associations found in nature are benign or beneficial, and the mechanisms mediating the control of these kinds of relationships are often not well- understood. Our laboratory explores several beneficial host/microbe interactions, ultimately trying to understand the mechanisms by which bacterial symbionts and their animal hosts communicate and how the host’s immune system might influence these interactions. We are currently trying to understand how these complex associations are established, regulated and maintained.

The Nyholm Lab