Research

Welcome to the Bergelson lab

We study the ecology and evolution of plant – pathogen interactions, focusing primarily on Arabidopsis thaliana and the bacteria that reside within it. Our approach is interdisciplinary – we draw upon tools from molecular genetics, molecular evolution, computation, field biology, chemistry and population genetics to understand how ecological interactions shape evolutionary dynamics. The lab typically contains a mixture of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, undergraduate students and technicians, who enjoy working with a diverse set of students and collaborators from around the world. Many of our field experiments are performed locally, at our new field station in Michigan, or abroad, at sites in Sweden and France.

Host pathogen co-evolution
How do plants in natural populations cope with fast evolving pathogens? Read more…
microbiome
How much of a plant’s microbiome can be explained by the host’s genes, the environment and interactions among microbes? Read more…
adaptation
How does selection by biotic and abiotic factors shape patterns of genetic variation in natural population of A. thaliana? Read more…
Genomics
We develop genetic resources to describe genetic variation and perform genome-wide association studies in A. thaliana. Read more…

University of Chicago, Dept. of Ecology & Evolution