Rebecca Satterwhite

I am broadly interested in the evolution and structure of host-associated microbial communities. Of the numerous taxa that compose the Arabidopsis microbiome, fungi make up a substantial portion, but studies to date have tended to focus on the bacterial portion. With the help of my labmate Manon Guilberteau, I have cultured over thirty unique fungal species from natural populations of Arabidopsis. By infecting sterile Arabidopsis with specific microbial taxa under tightly controlled environmental conditions, I will investigate the role of fungi in formation of the plant microbiome.

Education

2015 – present
PhD Student in Ecology & Evolution, University of Chicago

Current projects

> Role of Fungi in Formation of the Plant Microbiome

> Microbial Community Assembly Rules

University of Chicago, Dept. of Ecology & Evolution