Department of Biology
Biology Faculty Profile
Nicole Gerardo
Associate Professor
nicole.gerardo@emory.edu
Office Phone: 404-727-0394 | Lab Phone: 404-727-9344
Office Room: Rollins 1111
Office Address: Emory University, Department of Biology, O. Wayne Rollins Research Center, 1510 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta , GA 30322
Lab Room: Rollins 1100
Lab Website

Research Area:
Genetics, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Population Biology, Evolution, and Ecology

Graduate Program Affiliation:
Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution

Degree:

B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1997
Ph.D. in Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 2004

Most organisms are host to microbes. Some of these microbes are pathogenic, leading to disease, while others are beneficial, helping their hosts acquire nutrients and defend themselves. We are broadly interested in how hosts and beneficial microbes establish and maintain relationships and how they collaborate to defend against pathogens and parasites. To address these topics, we utilize the versatility of insect-microbe systems in which both the host insects and their associated microbes can be maintained in the laboratory. Our focal systems currently include the interaction between aphids, beneficial bacteria and a range of aphid pathogens, including bacteria and fungi. We also work with several true bugs systems with diverse associations with beneficial symbionts, and with fungus-growing ants and their associated fungal pathogens.


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