Our lab studies the roles of microbes in animal physiology, using simple insect systems (flies and midges). We integrate functional omics and molecular genetics approaches to identify the effectors and mechanisms underlying microbial impacts on a spectrum of host traits.
Particularly, we are interested in the following questions:
1) What are the drivers for the selection and persistence of host-microbe symbiosis?
2) Do variations of the microbiota impact host behavioral and physiological outcomes?
3) How do host-microbial metabolic conflicts contribute to virulence and host pathology?
4) How do early life events (e.g. exposure to pathogens) affect microbiota maturation and later life health?
Adam CN Wong
Department of Entomology and Nematology
UF Genetics Institute
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-0620
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