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Irene Zhang

Microbial Ecology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I’m a PhD candidate in microbiology at MIT. I’m exploring the ways in which microbes socialize with each other, build communities, and evolve together. Microbial society reflects human society in many ways - microbes communicate, cooperate, compete, engage in physical and chemical warfare, and even build environments together. These interactions have profound effects on everything from human health to the climate.

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Researchers identify a bacterium that enables its host to breathe nitrate instead of oxygen

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Meet Candidatus Azoamicus ciliaticola, discovered in a Swiss lake