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 Assistant Project Scientist Department of Pediatrics | Center for Microbiome Innovation University of California San Diego
I am a project scientist in the Gilbert and Knight labs at UCSD and a scientific affiliate with the Negaunee Integrative Research Center at the Field Museum of Natural History. My research interests include the ecology and evolution of host-symbiont systems and ecoimmunology, with a focus on Afrotropical bats, birds, and their microbes and parasites. My research relies on a collections-based approach integrated with metagenomic, metabolomic, and histological methods. I also apply these methods to clinical and experimental investigations into the role of bacterial symbionts in human disease phenotypes. Continuing interests and collaborations involve the evolution and ecology of malarial parasites and related haemosporidia and biotic inventories of tropical ecosystems. I believe in equity, diversity, and inclusion, and promote these values in the courses I teach and the students I mentor.