There are many ongoing research projects at the University of Michigan that integrate population, modeling and laboratory approaches. Below are a few from the ITiMS community.
Featured Student Projects
James Tan received a $5,000 mini-grant from ITiMS for this project.Elucidation of metabolic interactions in a naturally-derived Microcystis consortium
Co-researchers: Dr. Derek Smith, Dr. Sara Rivera Advisors: Xiaoxia “Nina” Lin, Evan Snitkin, Gregory Dick
Generating toxic blooms, Microcystis aeruginosa, an aquatic cyanobacterium, affects freshwater systems globally (1), including Lake Erie. In aquatic systems, the metabolic interactions between photosynthetic cyanobacteria and their...
Kathryn Langenfeld received a $10,000 mini-grant from ITiMS for this projct.
The Impacts of Phages on Antibiotic Resistance Through Transduction and Coevolution
Mentors: Melissa Duhaime, Krista Wigginton
Phages (i.e., viruses that infect bacteria) may significantly contribute to the dissemination and evolution of antibiotic resistance. Phages impact the structure and function of microbial communities through host infection and exert evolutionary pressure via host...
ITiMS provided funds and support to achieve this successful manuscript! Pellitier, P.T., Zak, D.R. and Salley, S.O., 2019. Environmental filtering structures fungal endophyte communities in tree bark. Molecular ecology.
Introduction: Fungal endophytes comprise a critical and ubiquitous component of the plant microbiome, forming cryptic...
Emily Crossette received a $10,000 mini-grant for her project:Probing microbial diversity and dynamics of land applied manure
Co-advisors: Melissa Duhaime, Lut Raskin, Indika Rajapakse, Krista Wigginton
Manure application is an important resource recovery pathways that returns nutrients and organic carbon to soil to improve crop yields and limit the need for carbon-intensive synthesized nutrients. However,...
Adam Krieger, ITiMS Co-Mentors: Nina Lin, PhD and Bradley Cardinale, PhD
I am interested in the diverse ways that residents of microbial communities communicate and coordinate with each other to produce interesting population level behavior. One way to approach this question is through exploring the mechanisms of maintenance of species diversity from an ecological perspective. The question of exactly what mechanisms enable coexistence of species in a community has been a central...