We are looking for undergraduate researchers to participate in microbiome research in various model and non-model insect systems. Current project themes include:
Topic 1 - Discovery of microbes that can influence insect behavior
Students will participate in isolating bacteria and fungi from field-collected insects, then test whether these microbes can attract or repel the insects using a cutting-edge video tracking system.
Topic 2 - The role of microbiome in insect xenobiotic detoxification
Students will conduct laboratory evolution experiment by exposing insects to an insecticide at a sublethal doses for generations. Once the insects have evolved resistance, we will experimentally manipulate their microbiome to test if the resistance evolution is sustained by the microbiome.