Erin McKenney

Erin McKenney

Post-doc | Dunn Lab

Which is more important: who you are, or what you can do?

I want to know how microbial communities form over time and why they coevolve with hosts. I have collected poop from 142 animals belonging to 12 species housed at 4 different zoos to study the relationship between hosts and their gut microbes. I usually compare primates that have evolved different gut morphologies to digest different foods; but I also compare primates to “rogue carnivora” that have switched to eat fruits or leaves. These combinations help me investigate how host diet and genetic background select for specific microbial taxa and functions. Beyond the lab, I bring research into the classroom to empower high school and undergraduate students. It is never too early to be a scientist; and the more diverse perspectives there are, the more innovative our research will be.

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Email: erinamck@gmail.com
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