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:


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


Community structure and genomics of plastic biofilms in freshwater and oceans

Lab News

Melissa Duhaime

June 2018: Emily Chiang presents her DDCSP project.
So proud of all you've learned and accomplished this summer as a Doris Duke Conservation scholar, Emily! Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

Melissa Duhaime

August 2017: Morgan and Melissa head to the BioStation to teach Microbes in the Wild
Environmental microbiology and water sustainability in Northern Michigan.

May 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


Melissa Duhaime    duhaimem@umich.edu
Biological Sciences Building (BSB)
1150 N. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Lab: 4080 BSB
Office: 4068 BSB   |   (734) 764-6219

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