Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Examining microbial diversity within an animal-microbe symbiosis
The Miyashiro lab is interested in understanding how animals obtain bacterial symbionts from their environment. Using the symbiosis established between the Hawaiian bobtail squid and a bioluminescent bacterium as our model system, we can explore the impact of bacterial diversity on symbiosis. Students will contribute to this project by isolating and characterizing novel strains of bacteria, using microbiology and molecular biology tools.