The fundamental importance of our microbiota has not been realized until the last couple of decades. Microorganisms cover our body and live inside it. Their contribution to our health depends on a delicate balance with pathogens and the immune system. We are interested in the interactions between pairs of microorganisms in our body, since these interactions will be similar to those in other environments.
We study physical interactions among gut bacteria by encapsulating them in microspheres and looking at their capacity for growing together. We are also interest in the diversity and metabolic interactions of the normal microbiota in the mouth and the vagina.