Our lab is currently part of the Rowland Institute at Harvard. Our main research goal is to understand how evolution alters the structure and function of microbial communities. At Harvard, we are developing methods to track population dynamics in microbial communities with high precision and in high throughput. We are also very interested in understanding how changes in cellular behavior affect microbial ecosystems, and on the possibility of three-way interactions between phenotypic, evolutionary and ecological dynamics.
We will be recruiting exceptionally motivated and enthusiastic graduate students and postdocs. Yale has one of the world’s leading research communities in eco-evolutionary dynamics, and our lab will further benefit from close interactions with the many exciting researchers at the Microbial Sciences Institute at Yale’s West Campus. If interested, please contact Alvaro!
A tradeoff between the evolutionary and ecological stabilities of public goods genes in microbial populations (2016) Submitted
Phenotypic states becomes increasingly sensitive to perturbations near a bifurcation in a synthetic gene network
eLife (2015) 4:e07935
Deciphering transcriptional dynamics in vivo by counting nascent mRNA molecules
PLOS Computational Biology (2015) 11: e1004345
Dynamics of a producer-freeloader ecosystem on the brink of collapse
Nature Communications (2014) 5: 3713
Genetic determinants and cellular constraints in noisy gene expression
Science (2013) 342: 1188-1193
Feedback between population and evolutionary dynamics determines the fate of social microbial populations
PLOS Biology (2013) 11(4): e1001547.