Basic Sciences Division, Fred Hutch
Dr. Wenying Shou quantitatively studies how organisms balance cooperation, in which individuals may pay a price to help others, and competition, in which individuals look out only for themselves. Mutually beneficial and competitive interactions between individuals of the same species and individuals of different species are found throughout nature. Our own health is shaped by these kinds of symbiotic interactions with our gut microbiomes and parasites. Dr. Shou uses experimental and computational model systems to look at how fundamental symbiotic relationships originate and evolve.
B.A., Molecular Biology, Mathematics, Pomona College
Ph.D., Biology, California Institute of Technology
Evolution of Incipient Cooperation
Evolution of new metabolic interactions
The Structure and Function of Microbial Communities
Artificial selection of microbial communities
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