The Karasov Lab

Our lab is interested in host-microbe evolution and the interplay between host genetic diversity and the evolution and spread of microbes. Focusing primarily on the microbes that colonize plants, we use a variety of tools including genomics, population genetics, microscopy and metabolomics to determine the traits evolving in interactions between plant hosts and their microbiota.

We are situated in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah and will be affiliated with the Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Disease initiative at the University. We are always eager to hear from enthusiastic undergraduates, potential graduate students and post-docs from a variety of backgrounds interested in job opportunities in the lab.

In the News:

Our work with Or Shalev, Detlef Weigel and Derek Lunberg (among others) was featured by HFSP:

Talia and Amy Van Tatenhove (science reporter Utah Public Radio, talk about Plant Diversity and Pathogen Outbreaks on Utah Public Radio.

Talia sits down to discuss microbial evolution with Nels Elde and Vincent Rancinello on the ever-fascinating podcast twievo

The Cell Host Microbe paper is featured in News & Views of Nature Ecology and Evolution