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Kirstie Mcloughlin

Kirstie McLoughlin

Dphil Student: Interdisciplinary Biosciences

kirstie.mcloughlin@zoo.ox.ac.uk

 

Multicellular life has evolved within a microbial context. Many of these interactions are detrimental to multicellular organisms, but in some cases microbe-host interactions are beneficial. The microbiota provides many benefits to its host, including increased nutrient uptake and pathogen resistance, and consists of a complex community of microbes. A hosts fitness is thus associated with its microbial community. However, evolutionary and ecological dynamics predict a loss of diversity within complex communities in the absence of stabilising factors. My research considers ways in which a host can control its microbial community.