Work in the Dutton lab is focused on uncovering the biological processes at play within microbial communities. We use a simple but powerful model system based on cheese. Cheese microbiomes display many of the complex interactions and processes found in more complex systems, but are highly experimentally tractable. This allows us to completely deconstruct and reconstruct microbial communities in vitro.
Using Cheese to Discover the Biology within Microbiomes
Assistant Professor, Division of Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology
University of California, San Diego