Xylella fastidiosa

Previously, I was a post-doctoral Miller Fellow studying microbial evolution with the Almeida lab at UC Berkeley, investigating the evolution and diversification of Xylella fastidiosa.

X. fastidiosa is a model system for several questions:

What limits adaptation to a wide range of environments?
why is there host specialization among X. fastidiosa strains?
What adaptations allow organisms to survive in regularly alternating environments?
how does X. fastidiosa switch between growth in plants and its insect vectors?
How does genetic drift limit adaptation?
•does its small genome limit its ability to thrive in variable environments?

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