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Laura Serbus

Title: Assistant Professor

Office: OE 210

Phone: 305-348-2201


Department(s): Biological Sciences, Biomolecular Sciences Institute

Laura's research into the Wolbachia bacteria seeks to contribute to fundamental understanding of host-microbe interactions and advancement of human health interests.

Research Areas

  • Host-microbe interactions, focusing on how Wolbachia bacteria interact with and manipulate insect cells at the molecular level. 

My research group investigates how Wolbachia bacteria interact with eukaryotic cells.  We are especially interested in several areas, and are especially focused on how bacterial load is regulated within eukaryotic cells.  The main model system we use is Wolbachia-infected Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies). The findings from this work are expected to contribute to fundamental understanding of host-microbe interactions and advancement of human health interests.

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