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Uncovering the rules of microbial colonization within the microbiome
Using high-throughput culturing, computation, and experiments-- and the lens of evolution
There is an enormous potential for bacterial evolution within your body
The bacteria that colonize humans during health change within us, driven by adaptive evolution. The Lieberman Lab reconstructs within-person evolutionary histories to better understand bacterial behavior within the microbiome, models the impact of within-person evolution on community structure and host health (through experiments and computation), and uses these insights to improve the development of microbiome-based therapies. Click here for more details.
PI Tami Lieberman has been selected as a recipient of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards which support unusually innovative research from early career investigators. See the press release from MIT here. We are actively recruiting postdocs for a number of related projects, particularly around development of phyogenetically-based genomic and metagenomic tools.
Tami will be teaching her Spring course, “Genomics and Evolution of Infectious Disease” again in 2020. It is now listed as an official course, with both undergraduate (1.088) and graduate listings (1.881 and HST.538). Improvements to the course include new lectures, moving starter code for psets to Python, and removal of a final exam. The course website can be accessed here: https://sites.google.com/view/1-088