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Nicolas Buchon

Nicolas Buchon
Department: 
Entomology
Office: 
5124 Comstock Hall

We study host microbe interactions (immunology, microbiology), as well as intestinal physiology. We focus on how gut microbes (either invading pathogens or the indigenous gut microbiota) alter stem cell behavior in the gut. For instance, our laboratory uses the genetic model Drosophila melanogaster to dissect the molecular mechanisms that underlie stem cell function. We also study the role of tissue regeneration in vector insects such as mosquitoes or insect pests such as Drosophila suzukii. We use various techniques, including genetics, molecular biology, systems biology, genomics to characterize the master genes that control stem cell behavior the host response to microbes.

Research Interests: 
Bacteriology
Biomedical Sciences
Biophysics
Cancer Biology
Cell Biology
Computational Biology
Development
Disease Pathogenesis
Entomology
Evolution
Genetics
Genomics
Immunology
Molecular Biology
Neurobiology
Nutrition
Parasitology
Physiology
Virology
BioG 2990/4990 Credit: 
Yes
Paid Work Study: 
Yes
Paid Non-Work Study: 
No
Volunteer: 
Yes
Honors Thesis: 
Yes
Research Activities in Which Undergraduates Participate: 
This depends on the project. Students participate in common lab tasks and join a lab member on a specific research project. Students generally perform their own experiments and learn how to analyze them
Approximate Number of Students in the Lab per Semester: 
5
Is There a Minimum Number of Hours per Week: 
Yes
If So, How Many?: 
12