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Welcome to the Currie Lab

Our research focuses on the ecology and evolution of symbiotic associations between animals and microbes. We utilize a cross-disciplinary approach incorporating ecological, evolutionary, behavioral, genetic, and microbiological approaches and employ molecular ecology and phylogenetic techniques to examine how microbes shape the biology of higher organisms. Our main study system is the quadripartite association between fungus-growing ants, their fungal cultivars, mutualistic bacteria, and specialized garden pathogens.

Currie Lab News

Currie lab news! New human microbiome funding, and the importance of citizen science

Monday, July 03, 2017
by Jenny Bratburd

You're not alone when you when you have a microbiome!

Here at the Currie lab we are very excited to work on our new project, “The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease”, funded by the the University of Wisconsin's UW2020 initiative . Through this research, we plan to leverage samples collected from large cohort studies, including the Children's Respiratory Research (CREW) and the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) with the University of Wisconsin Madison's growing gnotobiotic animal facility to detect new biomarkers of diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer's and develop novel drug leads. See more details here: []

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Currie Lab Ant-Cam

The Ant-Cam is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is made possible by the generous support of:

Ant-cam sponsor UW Madison Ant-cam sponsor Dept of Bacteriology Ant-cam sponsor GLBRC Ant-cam sponsor NSF

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6145 Microbial Science Building
1550 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
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Contact Info
Lab phone: (608) 890-0237
Fax: (608) 262-9865