Laura R. Serbus

Associate Professor; Graduate Program Director, Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences; Biomolecular Sciences Institute

Office: AHC1 219B

Phone: 305-348-2201



Research Areas

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

Wolbachia bacteria 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.