My research explores the dynamic interplay between marine larvae and factors in their environment
HOST - Microbe
Microbes play important, and often underappreciated roles in the development of marine (and other) organisms. Here we seek to define the role of bacteria and their products in metamorphosis of marine larvae.
Early development is an especially vulnerable time in the life of a larva out in the ocean. Here we seek to define the molecular defense mechanisms that protect a larva from harmful exposures in the environment (e.g. pathogens or harmful chemicals).
Diverse marine animals utilize bacteria-stimulated metamorphosis to complete their life history. Here we seek to define the similarities and differences in detection and translation of bacterial cues across diverse animal lineages.