Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. ― Marie Curie
Holly L. Lutz, PhD NSF Postdoctoral Fellow University of Chicago, FMNH
I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Microbiome Center at the University of Chicago and the Integrative Research Center at the Field Museum of Natural History. My current research focuses on microbial symbionts of East African bats, and how individual microbiomes are influenced by host ecology and phylogeny. I am also utilizing fecal microbiota transplant methods in germ-free mouse models to examine the effect of microbes on viral pathogenesis. Other research interests include the evolution and ecology of malarial parasites and related haemosporidians of vertebrate hosts in Africa. Combining these interests, I aim to explore links between microbiomes and haemosporidian parasite prevalence in East African birds and mammals.