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Vaughn Cooper

Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics University of Pittsburgh

Research Summary:

We study how bacteria evolve in various environments and hosts, focusing on the heterogeneous, surface-associated communities known as biofilms. For example, we ask:

  1. How does environmental structure influence evolutionary dynamics?
  2. How do biofilms promote synergistic ecological interactions or cooperation?
  3. Rapid evolution in biofilms enables students to learn evolution by hands-on experimentation. How do we deliver this broadly in high schools?