Alison L. Gould

PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

A Model Vertebrate-Bacteria Symbiosis

It has become increasingly apparent how important the microbiome is to human health and disease. However, relatively little is known about the molecular mechanisms employed by symbiotic bacteria to stably colonize the gut, as they are difficult to experimentally study in isolation. As an NIH Early Independence Award recipient, I am developing the SiphamiaPhotobacterium symbiosis as a new vertebrate model to help disentangle the complex mechanisms that shape and regulate our microbiome.