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My research group studies the structure and function of microbial communities in soil. We have a strong focus on nitrogen cycling and the role of microbial communities in soil health.
Students would learn about diversity and function of soil microbial communities by analyzing bacterial and fungal amplicon (short DNA sequences that can be used as barcodes to distinguish between organisms) sequences, and shotgun metagenome (the collection of all genomes with a community of microorganism) sequences.