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, and undergraduate students who enjoy working with diverse 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 cope with quickly evolving pathogens? Read more…
microbiome
What factors shape plant-associated microbial communities? Read more…
adaptation
How does natural selection shape genetic variation? Read more…
Genomics
How does ecology influence molecular evolution? Read more…

University of Chicago, Dept. of Ecology & Evolution