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 Asst. Project Scientist Department of Pediatrics | Scripps Institution of Oceanography Center for Microbiome Innovation University of California San Diego
I am a scientist in the Center for Microbiome Innovation at UCSD and a research associate with the Integrative Research Center at the Field Museum of Natural History. My current research focuses on field-based approaches to the study of microbial symbionts, parasites, and pathogens in a diverse range of hosts, from East African mammals and birds to cephalopods. Using a combination of metagenomics, machine learning, and network theory, I am exploring connections between microbes and host phylogeny, ecology, and eukaryotic parasitism. I am also involved in clinical and experimental approaches to understanding the role of bacterial symbionts in human disease phenotypes. Continuing interests and collaborations involve the evolution and ecology of malarial parasites and related haemosporidians, and biotic inventories of threatened ecosystems in the Afrotropics.