Understanding evolution of dominant bacteria inhabiting the rodent gut (2020–2022)

The gut microbiome is central to animal health and immune function, however we have an incomplete understanding of how this important symbiotic ecosystem evolved. By approaching this knowledge gap from a historical perspective and using real-time observation, this project will address how the gut community evolved with the rodent host and how members of that community respond to new selective pressures. The significance of these findings is in their capacity to inform our understanding of the relationship between host and microbe, not only within a key model system, but by extrapolation to other host-microbe systems.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
  • UQ Laureate Fellow
    School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
    Faculty of Science
    Affiliate Professor
    The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute
    Faculty of Medicine
Funded by:
Australian Research Council