The Hansen lab is interested in ecological and
evolutionary genomics of insect-microbe interactions. Our
lab teases apart the molecular mechanisms that underpin
co-evolution using comparative and functional genomics in an evolutionary framework.
Broad objectives our lab explores are:
1) Determine how microbes affect eukaryotic
metabolisms, and how their individual metabolisms
mechanistically interact together.
2) Identify which microbe genes and small RNAs are responsible for producing the extended insect host phenotype that may increase insect fitness in certain environments.
Our lab uses insect and microbe genomics together with field and laboratory trials to provide novel insights into the complexity and dynamics of insect-microbe symbioses.
Hansen lab BLAST
Congrats Hansen lab honors undergrad Isabel Skidmore for getting her first author paper, The evolutionary development of plant-feeding insects and their nutritional endosymbionts, accepted for publication in Insect Science!!
Congrats Hansen lab honors undergrad Alex Riley and graduate student Dohyup Kim for getting their paper, The Genome Sequence of Candidatus Carsonella ruddii strain BC, a Nutritional Endosymbiont of Bactericera cockerelli, accepted for publication in Genome Announcements!!
Congrats Hansen lab undergrad Siyuan (Lily) Cheng for getting accepted to Yale graduate school in the the Molecular Cell Biology-Genetics-Development track of the Yale Combined Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences!!! Good luck Lily, you will be missed!
Colleagues Jake Russell, Kerry Oliver, and the Hansen lab got their article, Band-aids for Buchnera and B-vitamins for all, just accepted in Molecular Ecology!!
Congrats Hansen lab graduate student, Margaret Thairu and honors undergrad Isabel Skidmore for getting their cutting-edge functional genomics paper, Efficacy of RNAi knockdown using aerosolized siRNAs bound to nanoparticles in three different aphid species, accepted in Insect Molecular Biology