Investigators

What is an “Investigator?”

Although it is only tangentially connected to other material on this site, for the sake of prospective grad students/postdocs we received feedback that it would be useful to compile a list of PIs who work in ‘Microbial Evolution’. This list will be growing over time and we welcome both self-nominations and suggestions of others. I have had many people ask me who is out there working on these areas and where they are at – and hopefully this will be useful for that.


Deepa HSDeepa Agashe | Principal Investigator
National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore | lab webiste
Research areas: adaptation and the ecological and genetic factors that drive adaptive evolution.

 

Eric J. Alm | Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Biological Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology | lab website

 

Anderson HSDan I. Andersson | Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology
Uppsala University | website

 

Arnold-HSJonathan Arnold | Professor, Genetics Department
University of Georgia | lab website
Research areas: evolutionary systems biology

 

Beardmore HSRobert Beardmore | Professor of mathematical biosciences, EPSRC leadership fellow
University of Exeter | lab website

 

Baltrus HSDavid Baltrus | Assistant Professor, School of Plant Sciences
University of Arizona | lab website

 

 

Brisson HSDustin Brisson | Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Pennsylvania | lab website
Research areas: Disease ecology, molecular evolution, microbial evolution

 

Brendan Bohannan | Associate Professor, Director | The Institute of Ecology and Evolution
University of Oregon | lab website

 

Tim Cooper | Assistant Professor | Evolution and Ecology GroupUniversity of Houston | lab website
Research areas:  experimental evolution, investigation at molecular, organismal and ecosystem levels.

 

Vaughn Cooper | Associate Professor of Microbiology and Genetics
University of New Hampshire | lab website
Research areas: experimental evolution, microbial community ecology, microbial genetics

 

faculty_deanTony Dean | Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
University of Minnesota | lab website
Research Interests: molecular evolution, enzymology

 

 

Denef HSVincent Denef | Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan | lab website

 

 

Dan Dykhuizen | Distinguished Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolution
Stony Brook University | lab website

 

Forney HSLarry Forney | Department of Biology Sciences
University of Idaho | lab website
Research areas: Community ecology, biodiversity and biogeography of prokaryotes, ecology of the human microbiome, mechanisms of genetic diversification and speciation in bacteria, adaptive evolution in spatially structured environments

 

Dr Ivana Gudelj | NERC Advanced Fellow and Associate Professor of Systems Biology
University of Exeter | lab website

 

 

Guttman HSDavid S. Guttman, Professor
Department of Cell & Systems Biology
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto | lab website
Research Interests:Evolution of bacterial host specificity and virulence, bacterial genomics, and the plant and human microbiome

 

Hille HSKristina Hillesland | Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Washington

 

 

Ben Kerr | Associate Professor, Department of Biology,
University of Washington | lab website

 

 

Lenski HSRichard Lenski | John Hannah Distinguished Professor,
Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics,
Michigan State University | lab website

 

 

Bruce Levin  | Samuel C. Dobbs Professor
Department of Biology
Emory Uniiversity | lab website

 

Christopher Marx | Associate Professor of Biology
Harvard University | lab website
Research areas: experimental evolution, evolutionary systems biology, synthetic  microbial communities, metabolic models

 

Milo HSRon Milo | Principal Investigator
Weitzmann Institute of Science | lab website

 

 

Mccutcheon-HSJohn McCutcheon, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor, Division of Biological Sciences
University of Montana | lab website

 

Nancy HSNancy Moran | Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University | lab website
Research areas: My long-term interests are in the evolution of biological complexity, such as that apparent in complex life histories, in intimate interactions among species, and in species-diversity of clades and communities.

Ostrow HSElizabeth A. Ostrowski | Assistant Professor, Biology and Biochemistry
University of Houston | lab website

 

Rosen HSFrank Rosenzweig | Division of Biological Sciences
University of Montana | lab website
Research areas: Microbial evolutionary genomics

 

Roth HSJohn R. Roth | Distingusihed Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
University of California, Davis | lab website

 

 

Sawyer HSSara Sawyer | Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
University of Texas, Austin | lab website

 

 

sniegowski HSPaul Sniegowski | Associate Professor of Biology
University of Pennsylvania
Research areas: population and evolutionary genetics

 

Sommer HSMorten Sommer | Professor, Department of Systems Biology
Technical University of Denmark | lab webiste

 

 

Strassman HSJoan Strassman | Professor, Department of Biology
Washington University in St. Louis | | lab website

 

 

Travisano HSMichael Travisano | Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
University of Minnesota | lab website
Research Interests: Multicellularity, evolution of aging, adaptive radiation, historical contingency, cooperation and cheating, experimental evolution and experimental macroevolution, evodevo, speciation

 

 

Turner-HSPaul E. Turner | Professor, Chair of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University | lab website

 

 

Weitz-HSJoshua Weitz | Professor of Biology
Georgia Institute of Technology | lab website
Research areas: Theoretical ecology; evolutionary ecology of microbial & viral communities; biological networks; vascular plants; scaling laws; disease dynamics; interacting particle systems.

Rachel J Whitaker | Assistant Professor of Microbiology
The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research areas: Archaea, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Host-Pathogen Interactions, Microbial Ecology, Molecular Evolution

Wichman HSDr. Holly Wichman | Department of Biology Sciences
University of Idaho | lab website
Research areas: Molecular evolution, experimental evolution, viral evolution, genome organization, transposable elements, population genetics, computer simulations,  bioinformatics. 

Wilke HSClaus Wilke | Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology
University of Texas at Austin | lab website
Research areas: Computational evolutionary biology, molecular evolution, virus evolution

 

Wittkopp HSTrisha Wittkopp | Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan | lab website
Research areas: Evolutionary genetics and genomics, evolution of development

 

Zhang HSJianzhi George Zhang | Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan | lab website
Research areas: Genetic basis of primate diversity and human origins, Yeast as an evolutionary model organism, Evolutionary systems biology