Welcome to our group of integrative microbiology. We are a highly interdisciplinary research team at Stanford University, joined in our desire to derive a more mechanistic understanding of prokaryotic life. We focus on gut bacteria and their interactions with each other and the human host. To capture bacterial growth dynamics and the composition of the human gut microbiota, we combine experimental and modeling approaches. Our analyses include considerations of intestinal physiology and diet habits on the host side, as well as metabolism, growth-physiology, ecology, and evolution on the bacterial side. Number crunching across vastly different biological scales and disciplines is fun and part of our daily exercise.