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 systems biology and microbial community ecology and evolution. An important focus of the lab is understanding how the molecules microbes secrete to the environment, such as nutrients, toxins, etc., mediate the assembly and the evolution of microbial communities. 



Our lab members will be giving seminars and presentations at the following venues:

  • Princeton Center for Theoretical Science Seminar on Microbial communities, Princeton NJ on Dec 12-14 2018 [Who: Contributed talk by Jean, Lightning talk and Poster by Djordje, and talk by Alvaro]

  • Mid-Atlantic Microbiome Meeting at Johns Hopkins University on Jan 9 2019 [Who: Talk by Alvaro]

  • Alvaro will give the Biology Department Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania on February 12 2019

  • Alvaro will give the Biological Sciences Department Seminar at Dartmouth on May 24 2019

  • Alvaro will give a talk at the 2019 ASM Microbe meeting in San Francisco in June

  • 2019 GRC in Microbial Population Biology in July 8-12 at Andover NH [Who: Talk by Alvaro, multiple lab members applied to present posters]

  • Alvaro will give the UBC Zoology Department Seminar in September 25 2019


On the deformability of an empirical fitness landscape by microbial evolution.  Djordje Bajic*, Jean C.C. Vila*, Zachary D. Blount and Alvaro Sanchez (2018) PNAS 

Emergent simplicity in microbial community assembly. Joshua Goldford*, Nanxi Lu*, Djordje Bajic, Sylvie Estrela, Mikhail Tikhonov, Alicia Sanchez-Gorostiaga, Daniel Segre, Pankaj Mehta, and Alvaro Sanchez (2018) Science 

Cohesiveness in microbial community coalescence.  Nanxi Lu, Alicia Sanchez-Gorostiaga, Mikhail Tikhonov and Alvaro Sanchez (2018) BioRxiv

High-order interactions dominate the functional landscape of microbial consortia
Alicia Sanchez-Gorostiaga*, Djordje Bajic*, Melisa Osborne, Juan F. Poyatos and Alaro Sanchez (2018)  BioRxiv

Cooperators trade off ecological resilience and evolutionary stability in public goods games
Joseph Rauch, Jane Kondev and Alvaro Sanchez (2017)  Journal of the Royal Society Interface