Britt is an Associate Professor in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work explores the importance of the bacteria and viruses making up the microbiome in shaping plant health, ecology, and evolution. She received her BA from the University of Virginia in 2001 and her PhD from Indiana University in 2008, and subsequently held postdoctoral and independent research fellowships in both the US (funded by the NSF) and UK (funded by NERC) at Oxford University and the University of Exeter. Her work is focused on understanding how bacteriophage viruses shape bacterial evolution, microbiome diversity, and ultimately the health of host organisms. Her group combines laboratory experimental evolution with studies of natural diversity to determine when and how phages impact microbial diversity, focusing primarily on the plant phyllosphere (above ground). More recently she has been exploring both how and why the microbiome associated with plants shapes pathogen establishment and disease progression, and has demonstrated that plant microbiomes can be selected upon to be better adapted to their hosts.
Personal page: https://ib.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/koskellab
Matthew Traxler (Co-Director): Matt Traxler received his BS and PhD in microbiology from the University of Oklahoma, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. His PhD studies used whole-genome transcriptomics and network analyses to understand stress responses in E. coli. His postdoctoral studies have included the use of NanoDESI and MALDI-TOF imaging mass spectrometry to examine chemical exchange during actinomycete interactions. His research aims include integrating metabolomic and transcriptomic paradigms with the ultimate goal of understanding the role of specialized metabolism in bacterial
interactions and translating this knowledge into a platform for natural products discovery.
Personal page: https://plantandmicrobiology.berkeley.edu/profile/traxler
Eoin Brodie (Co-Director): Eoin obtained his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Microbiology from University College Dublin in Ireland and joined Berkeley Lab following postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Berkeley Lab and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the feedbacks between microorganisms and their natural environments, with a primary focus on soil and subsurface systems. His group develops experimental and computational approaches to determine how microorganisms influence soil health and biogeochemical processes, and how trait information derived from genomes can be used to predict microbiome function from micrometer to watershed scales.
Personal page: https://eesa.lbl.gov/profiles/eoin-brodie/