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 School of Medicine
I am a project scientist in the Center for Microbiome Innovation at UCSD School of Medicine, and a scientific affiliate with the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL. I study the ecology and evolution of host-symbiont systems and the immunological mechanisms underlying observed patterns of association. My research integrates natural history collections with metagenomic, metabolomic, and histological methods to investigate the evolutionary processes shaping these associations in animal systems. I also apply these methods to clinical and experimental investigations into the role of bacterial symbionts in humans and disease phenotypes. Continuing interests and collaborations involve comparative phylogenetics and biogeography of malarial parasites and related haemosporidia. I am actively involved in biotic inventories of tropical ecosystems with a focus on the Afrotropics. I received my Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology ('16) from Cornell University, where I was affiliated with the Department of Ecology and Evolution, the Lab of Ornithology, and the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
I believe in equity, diversity, and inclusion, and promote these values in the courses I teach and the students I mentor.