Laura Wegener Parfrey
Microbiome of coastal marine organisms; eukaryotes in the microbiome
BS (2004) State University of New York at Albany
PhD (2011) University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Postdoc (2011-2013) University of Colorado – Boulder
Research in the Parfrey lab focuses on the microbial ecology of eukaryotic microbes (protists) and bacteria. We work primarily in two distinct ecosystems: the mammalian gut and coastal ecosystems. Our gut microbiome research combines descriptive research with manipulative experiments to ask what is the ‘normal’ community of eukaryotic microbes (aka “parasites”) residing in humans and other mammals, and what are the consequences of losing our microbial diversity? Along coastal British Columbia we are investigating how water column and biofilm microbes colonize marine hosts (invertebrates, seaweed, and sea grass), and how these host-associated microbes impact host and ecosystem health.