Microbial symbioses, microbial community structure and function, evolutionary biology, biodiversity and conservation, marine and freshwater ecology, bioinformatics.
Buffalo NY, 14260
Phone: (716) 645-3344
Fax: (716) 645-2975
Research in The Santos Lab utilizes a variety of molecular tools, computational approaches and field- and laboratory-based studies to examine the ecology, evolution, genetics, physiology, and symbiosis biology of a range of terrestrial and aquatic (both freshwater and marine) organisms, including host- and environmentally-associated microbiomes.
Microbiomes, representing the collective bacteria, archaea, protist, fungi and virus community living on or in individual organisms or in particular environments, are now recognized as having significant impacts on the development, health, and disease status of hosts or in ecosystem function. Since understanding phenomena like the mechanistic basis between individuals’ genotypes and phenotypes or nutrient cycling and energy flow through environments requires consideration at multiple levels of biological complexity, this should include interactions with, and the organization of, microbiomes.