Seminar-Bees & corals: Microbial insights from non-model hosts

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
presents a seminar by:
Dr. Waldan Kwong
Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Botany, University of British Columbia
Bees & corals: Microbial insights from non-model hosts

Candidate for Faculty Position

Host-microbe symbioses are ubiquitous in nature, yet the vast majority of these remain poorly described, even in animals that have been long studied. I will discuss how a distinctive gut microbiome in social bees (e.g., honey bees and bumble bees) was recently discovered and characterized, and the lessons this system offers for microbial community assembly and host interactions. Work done to turn bees into a tractable experimental system for microbiome studies will also be highlighted. Finally, I will describe a new symbiosis in reef corals that reveals key insights into the origins and evolution of the Apicomplexa, a large clade of parasites that include the causative agents of human diseases such as malaria and toxoplasmosis.

Sponsored by:

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology


Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Life Sciences Centre, LSC 3
2350 Health Sciences Mall
Hosted by
Dr. Cara Haney