We study microbes and their viruses across organizational scales (individuals, populations, communities) and the impact of their interaction on microbial ecosystem functions. This work is rooted in the analysis of large-scale viral and microbial omics datasets, model phage-host system development, and state-of-the-art laboratory and field-based study.

While we currently focus our efforts on viral ecology, for most of the last 3 years we have been investigating the distribution, concentration, and environmental health impact of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. Today, we are wrapping up this primary initiative by exploring the microbial communities living on this plastic.

Our current research addresses three major themes:

OCEAN VIRAL ECOLOGY

Viral community omics, viruses and the biological pump, phage-host model systems, microscopy techniques

Freshwater Viral Ecology

Viral community omics in the Great Lakes; freshwater reservoirs of antibiotic resistance

PLASTIC MICROBIOME

Community structure and genomics of plastic biofilms in freshwater and oceans

Lab News

August 2017: Morgan Lindback and AJ Wing join the lab as grad students
And the fun begins.

March 2017: Rachel and Melissa return from the Southern Ocean
Read more about the 2017 Antarctic Circumpolar Expedition (ACE) and the Duhaime Lab's involvement.

Melissa Duhaime

January 2017: EEB News article welcoming Melissa to the EEB faculty Featuring one (of two) of her 4 year old field assistants.



Melissa Duhaime

12/2016: Rachel begins a 3-month circumnavigation of Antarctica studying Southern Ocean viruses. Follow @ACE_Expedition

Contact

Melissa Duhaime    duhaimem@umich.edu
Kraus Natural Science Building
830 North University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Lab: 1009 Kraus
Office: 1137 Kraus   |   (734) 764-6219


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