Our laboratory is part of the Microbial Sciences Institute and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. Our work lies at the interface between microbial ecology and the evolution of microbial behavior, with a focus on the molecules that microbes secrete to their environment and the interactions these molecules mediate. 



Our lab has relocated to Yale University’s West Campus, where Alvaro has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.

Alvaro was awarded a Young Investigator Grant from the Human Frontier Science Program. We will collaborate with two other groups developing models of host-associated microbial population dynamics.

Our lab got a Scialog seed grant from the Simons Foundation to understand microbial diversity in complex laboratory ecosystems. We will be working in collaboration with Pankaj Mehta (BU) in this exciting project.

Our lab welcomes two postdoctoral scientists: Dr. Djordje Bajic, and Dr. Nanxi Lu, who will be joining us this summer. We also welcome Dr. Alicia Sanchez-Gorostiaga, who will join the group as a Research Scientist.



A tradeoff between the evolutionary and ecological stabilities of public goods genes in microbial populations
Joseph Rauch, Jane Kondev and Alvaro Sanchez
bioRxiv (2016) 10.1101/039784

Integrating regulatory information via combinatorial control of the transcription cycle
Clarissa Scholes, Angela H DePace* and Alvaro Sanchez* 
bioRxiv (2016) 10.1101/039339

Dynamics of a producer-freeloader ecosystem on the brink of collapse
Andrew Chen*, Alvaro Sanchez*, Lei Dai and Jeff Gore
Nature Communications (2014) 5: 3713 

Eco-evolutionary dynamics of complex social strategies in microbial communities
Kyle Harrington and Alvaro Sanchez
Communicative and Integrative Biology (2014) 7: e28230

Genetic determinants and cellular constraints in noisy gene expression
Alvaro Sanchez and Ido Golding
Science (2013) 342: 1188-1193



Alvaro will give an invited talk at the 1st MIT symposium in Quantitative Ecology on January 29 2016

Alvaro will speak at the 2016 March Meeting of the American Physical Society, in the focus session Evolutionary Design Principles of Bio-Networks March 14-18 2016

Alvaro will attend the Scialog Meeting: Molecules Come To Life on April 1-3 2016

Alvaro will give a talk at the Microbial Systems Seminar at MIT on April 6 2016

Alvaro will speak at the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Penn State on April 21 2016

Melisa will give a talk at the 2016 ASM Meeting in Boston, on June 19 2016