A Look into the Genomics & Microbiology Research Lab at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences

What we are working on in the lab

Cheese Board

Cheese Microbes

What's in the cheese? Identify microbes involved in converting milk to different types of cheese. How might they affect the flavors and smells and how can they benefit us?

Fermented Food Project

Fermented Food Microbes

Humans have harnessed the power of microbes to ferment foods for thousands of years. We are exploring the science of the fermentation process.

Armpit and ear wax project

Armpit & Earwax Microbes

Our big goal is to determine if and how variation in a gene called ABCC11 impacts skin bacteria on humans.