A postdoctoral position is available in the Newton (https://discogenome.wordpress.com/) laboratory, in the Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington.
This position is focused on the honey bee microbiome, specifically, Bombella apis, its genomic and functional diversity and evolution.
The alarming and dramatic decline of the honey bee is likely due to the influence of important environmental stressors on honey bee health, productivity, and longevity. These stressors include limited floral resources (nutritional stress), parasites and pathogens (immune stress), and exposure to fungicides and pesticides (chemical stress). We have discovered that a bacterial symbiont of honey bees protects against one of these significant stressors: fungal pathogens. Our preliminary data suggest that the symbiont secretes antifungal metabolite(s) that protects bee brood from fouling; both in vitro assays and larval infection experiments support this conclusion. This proposed project aims to characterize how this symbiont protects bees. How did this trait evolve across the phylogeny of bee-associated and flower-associated alphaproteobacteria? And what is the identity of the antifungal metabolite?
The position will be funded for three years, with the potential to extend for an additional year.
A Ph.D. in microbiology, virology, bioinformatics, entomology, or a related field is required at time of appointment.
The ideal candidate will have experience in bees, microbiology, and/or bioinformatics.
Department Contact for Questions:
Inquiries about the position can be directed to Irene Newton (email@example.com).
Other inquiries can be directed to Jeremy Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org).
OAA #: 22010-05
Appointment Status: Non-Tenure Track
Internal Number: 9979
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