Research Areas

  • Evolution
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Microbial Cell Biology and Environmental Responses
  • Microbial Interactions and Pathogenesis

The Newton Laboratory is broadly interested in host-associated microbes. We study who those microbes are, what those microbes are doing , how they persist and infect and what the consequences are to their genomic evolution. Projects in the laboratory range from highly mechanistic and cell biological to ecological and bioinformatic.

Current Projects

  • Molecular Mechanisms of Pathogenesis and Mutualism
  • Metabolic Function in the Microbiome
  • Exploring How Host Genetics, Society and Development Interact to Form the Microbiome
  • Evolutionary Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
Past Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Wellesley College (past)

Biological Science
PhD, Harvard University, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, 2008
BA, Swarthmore College, Biology and Chemistry, 2002