Hannah Whitehurst

I joined the Bergelson lab in 2016 as a graduate student at University of Chicago, and moved with the lab to NYU in 2021.

I’m interested in better delineating the microbe-microbe interactions versus the host genotype effects on the emergent microbial community. My current research focuses on the heritability of the A. thaliana leaf microbiome, incorporating microbial interactions and network analysis to better resolve host genotype effects.

Given the complexity of these natural microbial communities, I am also interested in reducing technical noise by improving microbial taxonomic identification in amplicon sequencing. I’ve been building a gyrB marker gene database using publicly available data in combination with ~4,000 isolates I collected from wild A. thaliana plants from Sweden. The database will be publicly available in 2023.