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Welcome to the Speare Marine Microbial Ecology Lab!


Our research explores how antagonistic microbial interactions impact microbiome dynamics and function in free-living and host-associated communities. We aim to understand the ecology and evolution of microbial competition, predation, and parasitism across hierarchical levels from cell-cell interactions to ecosystem health. We employ classical genetics and microscopy techniques with 'omics data to connect molecular mechanisms to in vivo observations. The Speare Lab is based in the Department of Biological Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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