Seminar - Microbial protection and rapid evolution in host- pathogen interactions

THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
presents a seminar by:
Dr. Kayla C. King
Professor of Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Biology, University of Oxford
entitled:
Seminar - Microbial protection and rapid evolution in host- pathogen interactions


 

Sponsored by: The Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Please note, this seminar will be Hybrid (in-person & Zoom). The seminar will be in LSC3 but if you prefer to join via Zoom, please join with the meeting ID & Passcode sent in the M&I email or email parvin@mail.ubc.ca for how to join! 


Abstract: Many animal and plant species harbour microbes in their microbiota that suppress pathogen infection. These ‘protective microbes’ can form a significant component of host defence. By experimentally evolving multiple microbial systems (e.g., worms, bacteria, viruses), my group has demonstrated that host-associated microbes can rapidly evolve to defend their animal hosts against infection. We show these protective microbes can drive major changes in molecular processes underlying pathogen virulence and host immunity, as well as alter host-pathogen coevolutionary dynamics and evolutionary rates. Our results indicate that microbes in hosts are important in shaping infection outcomes, during pathogen emergence and over evolutionary time.

Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location:
Life Sciences Centre, LSC 3
2350 Health Sciences Mall
Hosted by
Dr. Cara Haney