NorthenLab: Exometabolomics linking genomes with environments to understand how webs of microbes sustain biomes
Zoila Aponte

Zoila Aponte

Student Researcher

Investigating microbial interactions and communities through grasses

I’m a first-year microbiology Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley. My main research interest is in microbial metabolic interactions and their impact on community establishment and dynamics. During my rotation in the Northen lab, I’m working to further understand interactions between Brachypodium distachyon and single bacteria and bacterial communities. We can do this by studying plant metabolic exudation and phenotypes in the presence or absence of bacteria, as well as by measuring the impact of plant exudates on bacterial growth.


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