Ira L. Baldwin Professor of Bacteriology
1550 Linden Drive, Room 6155
Tel: (608) 265-8034
|Ph.D.||Botany, University of Toronto (2000)|
|M.Sc||Entomology, University of Alberta (1994)|
|B.Sc||Biological Sciences, University of Alberta (1992)|
Our research focuses on symbiotic associations between animals and microbes. We utilize a cross-disciplinary approach incorporating ecological, evolutionary, genomic, and microbiological approaches 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.
Select Awards and Honors
- 2014 - Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology
- 2011 - Romnes Faculty Fellowship
- 2011 - CALS Pound Research Award
- 2009 - Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
- 2008 - CAREER NSF Award
- 2001 - NSERC Doctoral Prize
- Microbiology 450: Diversity, Ecology, and Evolution of Microorganisms
See the lab publications page.