Agglomerating data to study major trends in the ecology and evolution of microbiomes

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 10:00am



Jon Sanders, Ph.D., Cornell University


Jon Sanders is an independent Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell Institute of Host-Microbe Interactions and Disease. There, Jon is developing approaches to construct genome-centric analyses of evolution in host-associated microbiomes. By combining long-read sequencing, short-read sequencing, and anaerobic culture, he is creating genomic resources that will enable us to investigate how evolution shapes microbial genomes as a function of host specificity. By combining these resources with controlled laboratory and field experiments, he can also directly investigate the mechanisms underlying host specificity. Jon previously trained as a Postdoctoral Scholar in Rob Knight’s lab at UCSD and as a Graduate Student in Naomi Pierce and Peter Girguis’ labs at Harvard University. He was recently awarded a ‘Best Talk’ award at the 2019 Gordon Research Seminar on Animal-Microbial Symbiosis.