Heath Lab News

Today we piloted the mobile genetic elements activity that Rebecca has been working on with the IGB outreach and engagement staff. We will be at the National Academies building for the IGB’s upcoming World of Genomics event. We came up with some kooky ideas for comics to accompany her game. Hope to be posting these on the Heath lab website ASAP because the little cartoon rhizobia are pretty darned cute.


Jennifer gave a great talk (there was even a bark cake!) followed by a successful defense of her dissertation. Soon she will move to to Michigan State for her postdoc with Sarah Evans at Kellogg Biological Station!

Oct 2018 – Rebecca moves from Toronto, Canada, to take up a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB). She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Megan Frederickson. She will continue to study the evolution of nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and specifically, how rhizobia adapt to nitrogen-deposition. You can find out more about her current at past research at: Rebecca’s Website

Alex, who worked in the lab as an undergrad, just started his master’s degree in plant biology. Alex will be working on coevolution and population genomics in the legume-rhizobium mutualism.