Our research focuses on insect-microbe interactions, from mutualism to pathogenesis. We integrate multi-omics and molecular genetic approaches to identify the effectors/mechanisms underlying microbial colonization and assembly in the host, and microbial impacts on host behavior, metabolism and physiology.
Current questions include:
1) How do variations of the microbiota impact host behavioral and physiological outcomes?
2) How do host-pathogen metabolic interactions contribute to host pathology?
3) How do environmental exposure affects microbiota function and life history traits of the host?
We use both model (Drosophila melanogaster) and non-model (chironomid midges, D. suzukii) systems to tackle these questions.
Adam CN Wong
Department of Entomology and Nematology
UF Genetics Institute
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-0620
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