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Holobiont Evolutionary Interactions Group

Biodiversity

The Holobiont Evolutionary Interactions Group specialises in the evolutionary history and interactions between a host and its associated community of microorganisms, including the viriome, bacteriome, mycobiome and metazoan parasites. Our main host models include birds and small mammals, with a special focus on the European house mouse hybrid zone. The group has three main lines of research: 1) the use of models of rodent hybrid zones to investigate the limit of pathogen/parasite specificity, the role of recombination in pathogen host jumps and the role of the microbiome in host speciation; 2) the worldwide distribution and ecological diversification of murid rodents, which allows us to search for the microbiomes functioning in host adaptations, including adaptation to a synanthropic life-style; and 3) studying the microbiome and metabolome of feathers and sebaceous glands, with a focus on the contribution of the integumentary microbiome in production of antimicrobial and chemosignalling compounds involved in olfactory communication and antimicrobial protection in birds.

group leader

+420 560590613, joellegouy@gmail.com, molecular epidemiology

full-time researcher

+420 568423194, cizkova@ivb.cz, molecular biology and genetics
+420 560590621, javurkova@ivb.cz, ekofyziologie ptáků

research assistant

+420 605464704, fornuskova@ivb.cz, host parasite co-evolution

PhD student

bendova@ivb.cz, gastrointestinal microbiota of vertebrates
petruzela@ivb.cz, molecular parasitology
357079@mail.muni.cz, host-virus co-evolution

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