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Research Laboratory of Cheryl Whistler



Image description goes hereAssociate Professor

Room: Rudman Hall 210
Ph: 603 862-2357

Either harmful or beneficial bacterium-host interactions can trigger similar host-responses that respectively result in eradication or tolerance of the bacterium. How bacteria can appropriately communicate to a host its benign nature and how hosts can discriminate between harmful and beneficial bacteria is poorly understood. Using as a model system they symbiosis of the bioluminescent bacterium, Vibrio fischeri, with its animal host, the squid Euprymna scolopes, my research seeks to elucidate how bacteria initiate and maintain long-term associations and how hosts recognize and respond to their desired symbiotic partner.
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