WID researcher Sushmita Roy and collaborators at UW–Madison and the University of Florida will use a $7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study how some plants partner with bacteria to create usable nitrogen and to transfer this ability to the bioenergy crop poplar.
Dynamics of microbial interactions in natural and synthetic microbial communities. The lab develops protocols for quantifying the community dynamics at the phenotypic and genetic levels, and seek simplified theoretical models that reproduce aspects of the experimentally measured dynamics.
A computational biology group interested in developing statistical computational methods to understand regulatory networks driving cellular functions. The lab works to identify networks under different environmental, developmental and evolutionary contexts, comparing these networks across contexts, and construct predictive models from these networks.
Envisioning new ways to help biologists capture their ideas as models in the larger context of Evolutionary Systems Biology. Our lab aims to improve the quality of these models by quantifying evolution with increasing precision.
Investigating how living organisms cooperate or compete in diverse and changing environments. Methods and perspectives are drawn from many fields, including ecology, evolution, molecular biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and computer science. The lab uses data-driven mechanistic and statistical models to predict when microbes or other organisms will persist or perish, with a broad goal of promoting human health through effective management of microbe-host interactions.
The main scientific focus of the lab is in defining how the epigenome controls cell identity. We want to know how non-genetic information controls functional specialization of a cell and use this knowledge to direct efficient conversion of desired cell types with the ultimate goal of improving stem cell based therapy.