Department of Human Genetics
University of Utah
Host: Molly Przeworski
Title: How pathogens shape host cell biology
Abstract: My laboratory investigates evolutionary conflicts between microbes and their hosts and how these interactions influence genomic and cellular complexity. We investigate the evolutionary impact of microbes on the biology of their hosts and use experimental evolution of viruses to discover means by which they adapt to defeat host defenses. By studying these sources of genetic diversity we aim to extend the reach of experimental biology by discovering biological innovations emerging from host-pathogen conflicts stretching back billions of years to the advent of cellular life.