The Microbial Ecophysiology Lab focuses on understanding the regulation of cellular processes in methanogenic archaea and their actual role in free-living environments and host-associated microbiomes. Why? Because currently archaea diversity is analyzed principally at the (meta)-genomic level, providing valuable information on their metabolic and ecological potential; however, a comprehensive understanding of their physiology and regulation is necessary.
Our fantastic team uses omics analysis combined with detailed functional characterization of proteins, cofactors, and metabolites to further our understanding of the regulation of cellular processes and ultrastructure in archaea, as well as their ability to interact with other organisms and survive under stress conditions.
Through this comprehensive approach, our team works on topics with ecological, biomedical, biotechnological and astrobiological applications (e.g., production of unusual proteins and metabolites, drug resistance and detoxification, and mitigation of global warming through carbon sequestration), as well as strategies of microbial isolation, Metabolic Pathway Engineering, Metabolic Modeling and Protein Directed Evolution.
Have you noticed that some labs generate a lot of waste that is not recyclable? Our goal is to run an eco-friendly lab, where all members use strategies to reduce waste, reuse materials and limit the use of plastics, dyes and non-recyclable material (when possible). This strategy will help us reduce costs and have less negative impact on the environment.
Interested in joining the lab or collaborating with us? Please contact us!
Upcoming MCB Events
Microbe Hunters (MCB 2612) Poster Symposium10:00am
Thursday, December 8th, 2022
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Storrs Campus BPB LobbyMicrobe Hunters (MCB 2612) Poster Symposium
Undergraduate researchers share their findings on the antibiotics they have discovered
All are invited and light refreshments will be served
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- Dec 8 EEB Seminar: Andrea Graham (Princeton)3:30pm
MCB Research in Progress Seminar: Peterson and Leroux12:20pm
Friday, December 9th, 2022
12:20 PM - 01:10 PM
Storrs Campus BPB 130Samantha Peterson, Core Lab
“Virus-induced transcription readthrough and its impact on downstream epigenetics and chromatin architecture”
Makayla Leroux, Teschke Lab
“Investigating the Conformational Changes of the Portal Protein that Regulate DNA Packaging in Bacteriophage P22”
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GO:MCB Holiday Party3:00pm
Thursday, December 15th, 2022
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Storrs Campus ESB 121To help spread some holiday cheer and help everyone unwind after a chaotic semester of experiments and TA'ing, GO:MCB is hosting a holiday party. On Thursday, December 15th in ESB 121 from 3-5pm, we will have pizza and drinks. Come for the free food, stay for the socializing and ugly holiday sweaters. There will also be a google sheets sent out for anyone who wants to bring any of their culinary masterpieces (that way everyone doesn't bring their buffalo chicken dip that they claim is the best).
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- Dec 16 All Biology Winter Social2:00pm