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