I study the interactions of microorganisms with their environment, each other, and plant and animal species. This includes the study of parasites and symbionts and the interaction of microbes with anthropogenic effects such as agrochemical exposure and climate change.
Much of my research is focused on the parasites and wider microbial community (microbiome) that live in the guts of bees.
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Microbiome Engineering: The in-situ engineering of microbiomes is a new paradigm in microbial research, opening novel, exploitable frontiers in both community-scale genetics and microbial engineering. I am developing techniques to engineer microbiomes of bees to increase bee health.
Microbial transmission dynamics: The health of an organism is largely governed by the actions of both beneficial and parasitic microbes acting at the same time. The initial transmissions and establishment of these microbes are therefore hugely influential events. I am collecting data to understand these key events and how they influence the health of bees across entire pollinator communities.
Gut-Brain axis: The concept of a gut-brain axis is relatively new and exciting field of neurobiology. Research has found multiple links between the microbiome and host brain activity. My research is exploring this with an array of cutting-edge techniques.