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.
We are currently looking for rotation students interested in microbiota research. Projects can be more biomedical (how the gut-microbiota contributes to colon cancer, for example), or more on the bacterial physiology side (how bacteria grow and adapt, for example). We have projects including modeling or experiments. We also love to hear your ideas. Under more normal times I would encourage you to just stop by at our lab, but access is curently limited and we have to chat virtually first. Send me a note if you are interested. Jonas
September 2020: Ali Salari starts in the lab. Welcome!
August 2020: We got a seed grant from Bio-X! Exited to collaborate with the group of Alfred Spormann.
July 2020: Let's pause for a minute and celebrate the reproducability of bacterial growth. [For the experts: e.coli K-12 NCM3722, min medium with glucose]. Thanks to Roshali!
February 2020: Roshali de Silva starts in the lab. Welcome!
January 2020: Starting at the Department of Biology Stanford.
November 2019: Our papers on bacterial chemotaxis and range expansion are published.