Research in the Systems Genetics group is supported by large U.S. Department of Energy Biological and Environmental Research (BER) programs including the Bioenergy Science Center, the Plant-Microbe Interface SFA, CSiTE, as well as by individual investigator-driven projects from DOE and other federal agencies (NIH, NASA, NSF). Subject areas include biofuels and microbial engineering; the roles of microbes in plant development, in regional and global elemental cycles related to bioremediation and climate changes; the human microbiome and its role in health and disease; integrating genomic and microbiological approaches to study novel lineages of Archaea and Bacteria.
Root and Phizosphere Bacterial Phosphatase Activity Varies with Tree Species and Soil Phosphorus Availability in Puerto Rico Tropical Forest
Capabilities & Research Areas
As part of these research areas, we study organisms (archaea, bacteria, fungi) from a wide range of environments, including terrestrial geothermal and marine hydrothermal systems, soils and plant rhizospheres, subsurface aquifers and forests and bogs. A wide range of approaches are being used, from traditional cultivation and physiology studies to community diversity characterization, metagenomics and single-cell genomics, integrated “omics” (transcriptomics-proteomics-metabolomics), and advanced cellular isolation and imaging.