Cameron R. Currie

Position title: Ira L. Baldwin Professor of Bacteriology


Website: Google Scholar

Phone: Tel: (608) 265-8034
Lab Tel: (608) 890-0237


Ph.D. Botany, University of Toronto (2000)
M.Sc Entomology, University of Alberta (1994)
B.Sc Biological Sciences, University of Alberta (1992)

Research Overview

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.