Research Areas:

  • Understanding antibiotic use in nature. Projects include analysing protective microbiome formation in fungus growing ants such as the leafcutter ant Acromyrmex echinatior and in the roots of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Exploring unusual environments and ecological niches including marine sediments and fungus growing ant nests for new antibiotics
  • Rewiring natural signal transduction pathways in actinomycetes to activate the production of silent and novel antibiotics.