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Featured Speaker: Fredrik Inglis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, and Principal Investigator, Inglis Lab, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Microbes are social animals. Although single-celled and seemingly not very complex, they have incredibly busy social lives. They talk with each other using chemical signals, perform collective behaviors to move and acquire nutrients, and even engage in toxic warfare. But how and why do these complex interactions evolve in such simple organisms? The research in my lab seeks to better understand the evolution of these interactions and the consequences they have on infection and resistance to antibiotics.