Our laboratory studies the genes needed to establish an interaction between
two fascinating and beautiful organisms: the small Hawaiian squid Euprymna
scolopes and its luminescent symbiont, the marine bacterium Vibrio
We are interested in determining the genetic and molecular requirements for this intimate, specific, symbiotic association. As we learn more about this intriguing system, we hope that our results will also shed light on interactions between animals and their normal flora. The squid-Vibrio symbiosis model may also provide insight into the "dark side" of symbiosis: pathogenesis.
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Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.