Host-Virus Interactions in the Marine Cyanobacteria: Ecology, Physiology and Genome Evolution
In my lab we take an integrated approach to investigating host-virus interactions at the physiological, ecological and evolutionary levels. We aim to understand how host-virus interactions impact host and viral population dynamics, diversity and genome evolution. Our lab focuses largely on the marine cyanobacteria Synechococcus and Prochlorococcus, abundant primary producers of global importance, and the viruses (cyanophages) that infect them. In our work we combine oceanographic field sampling, laboratory experimentation and state-of-the-art molecular technologies to investigate these interactions.