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How can microbes engage in relationships with animals without causing disease? Our lab studies symbiotic relationships between microbes and animals, and uses functional and evolutionary genetics and genomics to examine how these kinds of relationships can occur and are maintained. In particular, we study the fascinating beneficial viruses that are harbored by parasitic wasps.

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Wasp_parasitizing

A wasp (species Microplitis demolitor) parasitizing a soybean looper caterpillar. Photo credit: Jena Johnson.