Elizabeth Heath-Heckman

Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Genetics, & Immunology
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience Program
Assistant Professor, BioMolecular Science Gateway
Location: 203 Natural Science Bldg
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I am a microbiologist and invertebrate biologist specializing in the mechanisms underlying host-microbe interactions.  After studying Staphylococcus aureus pathogenesis as an undergraduate I spent my Ph.D. studying day/night cycles in the association between the Hawaiian Bobtail squid and Vibrio fischeri, its luminescent bacterial symbiont.  My first  postdoc at UC Berkeley involved studying neurodevelopment in the leeches Helobdella austinensis and Hirudo verbana and my second let me train in genomic techniques at UCLA.  I started my lab at MSU in July of 2020 where we examine host-microbe interactions and development in the spiralia.

B.A., 2007, University of Chicago
Ph.D., 2014, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2017, University of California - Berkeley
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-2020, University of California - Los Angeles

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