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 | Field Museum of Natural History
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 birds. Using a combination of metagenomics, machine learning, and network theory, I am exploring connections between microbes and host phylogeny, biogeography, and ecto- and malarial parasitism. Other research interests include the evolution and ecology of malarial parasites and related haemosporidians, and biotic inventories of threatened ecosystems in the Afrotropics.