Beneficial host-microbe interactions
Beneficial host-microbe interactions
We study the genetic basis for bacterial influence of animal traits using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster as a model host


Drosophila 2018 - Monday, May 21, 2018
Amber (oral) and Rachel (poster) presented at Drosophila 2018. It was a great meeting with great talks and experiences!


Outreach - Monday, April 2, 2018
Kyle got out in the community to teach how to extract DNA from strawberries. Did you know strawberries are a great source of DNA because they are tetraploid!

A Very Collaborative Summer - Thursday, November 2, 2017

This summer, Rachel had the opportunity to spend 8 weeks in Philadelphia at UPENN running a microbiome and evolution project with our collaborator, Paul Schmidt. She brought back lots of bacteria, a box of flies, and some pretty cool data. Stay tuned!

Drosophila 2017 - Monday, April 3, 2017
Several lab members were able to attend the Drosophila conference in San Diego this year. Lindy presented her Lifespan research in the Physiology, Metabolism, and Aging session; Amber talked about Life History Tradeoffs in the Microbiome workshop; Rachel shared a poster about fly starvation resistance; and Carrie's poster was all about Bionano and Drosophila sequencing. Dr. Chaston provided patient mentoring, answered incessant questions, and kindly overlooked his undergrads' short excursion to the beach...

Weekend of Celebrations - Thursday, March 23, 2017
Our lab had a busy weekend celebrating Lindy's wedding (a few members even made the 5 hour drive to Boise for it) and Johnny's birthday (he has now lived as many years as a fruit fly's average lifespan in days). Our new lab mantra is "To get a Florida body, eat Florida produce" ...or cookies, donuts, and cake works too!
UCUR 2017 - Friday, February 17, 2017
Lindy Koyle presented her research on the microbiome's affect on fruit fly lifespan at this years Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research

ORCA Awards - Thursday, February 9, 2017
Huge shout out to Anthony Caruso and Rebekah Rushforth who were both awarded ORCAs for their research this year. Anthony will be studying the effects of the microbiome on cancer and Bekah is looking at how the microbiome helps reduce the effects of alcohol.  
What do you do on your Holiday? - Monday, January 16, 2017
Merry Christmas - Friday, December 16, 2016

Secret Santa was a success! We built some great alliances, destroyed all trust, and got lab productivity practically to zero by Friday. There was only one "Office" situation with a MacBook Pro but it turns out it was just a box full of candy so we avoided that disaster. Most importantly plenty of skat jokes were made. Most people received gifts that meant a lot to them--especially John who received a cup full of live fruit flies. We ended the week with a lab party where we spent a good hour trying to deduce who gave to who. Let's just say, hopefully we are better at analyzing microbiome data than we are at analyzing gift giving. We hope that everyone travels safe this holiday season and has a very merry Christmas!
Lab members present at ASM Conference on Beneficial Microbes held in Seattle - Friday, September 9, 2016

 Lindy Koyle was able to present in the poster session on her research with  bacterial effects on fruit fly lifespan   Corinne Penrod presented on her pipeline, MAGNAMWAR, that she has been developing 
Check out our methods paper on rearing axenic fruit flies! - Sunday, July 31, 2016
Lab members present at Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research - Friday, February 19, 2016

Lindy Koyle, Corinne Penrod, Alec Judd, and Kyle Olsen were all able to present their research at UCUR held at University of Utah.