People

Principal Investigator

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Jo Handelsman
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor
Vilas Research Professor
Director, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

Postdocs

Manuel Garavito
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Manuel Garavito
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William Chezem
Postdoc
I'm researching the link between clinical depression and the gut microbiome to understand why certain antidepressants work better for certain people. I also am investigating the production of antibiotics from soil bacteria through the Small World Initiative.
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Johan Bengtsson-Palme
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My research aims to understand how antibiotics exposure influences the interactions in microbial communities. Specifically, I work towards identifying genes that enhance or reduce invasion capabilities, or alters the ability of the community to resist invasion of an invader population.
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Amanda Hurley
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I hope to conduct a genetic screen for mechanisms of community phenotypes. Once genetic determinants of synergistic community interactions are discovered, I will identify factors required for invasion of a bacterial species into a stable community. Therapeutic implications include improved probiotics or increased gut microbiome resilience.

Graduate Students

Gabriel Lozano
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Gabriel Lozano
Understanding molecular mechanisms that underpin microbe-microbe interactions within microbial communities.

Undergraduate Students

Bailey Kleven
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Bailey Kleven
Mara Beebe
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Mara Beebe
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Kelley Manbeck

Administrative Staff

John Benson
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John Benson
Chief of Staff, Executive Assistant

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