Traxler Lab Research

We seek to understand the roles of specialized metabolites in natural contexts, from warfare to communication to development.




Mira Liu: Natural product discovery in post-fire soil microbial communities

Do post-fire soil bacteria produce antifungal secondary metabolites? What role does secondary metabolism play in mediating community succession?

Bridget Hansen: Model System for Microbial Chemical Ecology

Root nodule on the root of Medicago sativa
What is the role of specialized metabolites in a natural microbiome and how do they impact microbial social behavior?