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 University of California San Diego
I am a scientist in the Gilbert Lab 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 in a diverse range of hosts, from East African bats 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 experimental approaches to understanding the role of bacterial symbionts in human diseases including Alzheimers, depression, and anxiety. Continuing interests and collaborations involve the evolution and ecology of malarial parasites and related haemosporidians, and biotic inventories of threatened ecosystems in the Afrotropics.