Robert M. Brucker

Host-Microbe and Toxicity Group

Robert M. Brucker

Rowland Junior Fellow
Rowland Institute at Harvard
Harvard University
100 Edwin H. Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA 02142
Tel: 617-497-4747
Fax: 617-497-4627
Website: Host-Microbe and Toxicity Group

The focus of the Brucker lab is on interactions of environmental toxins metabolized by the gut microbiome. We utilize natural product chemistry, ecotoxicology, population genetics, evolution, and experimental microbiota to test hypotheses on the interaction between microbiota of the gut and environmental toxins consumed by the host animal. We are particularly interested in how acute and long-term exposure to environmental toxins, such as pesticides, can cause changes to the microbiota population of the gut in both structure and function.

Selected Publications

  • Brucker, R.M., S.R. Bordenstein. The Capricious Hologenome. Zoology. 116(5):260-261. 2013
  • Woodhams, D.C., R.M. Brucker. Disease defense through generations: leaf-cutter ants and their symbiotic bacteria. Molecular Ecology 22:4141-4143. 2013. Perspective, co-first author.
  • Brucker, R.M., S.R. Bordenstein. The Phylosymbiotic Basis of Speciation: Gut Bacteria are Required for Hybrid Lethality. DOI: 10.1126/science.1240659. Science 2013
  • Brucker, R.M., S.R. Bordenstein. In Vitro Cultivation of the Hymenoptera Genetic Model, Nasonia. PLOSone. 2012.
  • Brucker, R.M., L.J. Funkhouser, S. Setia, R. Pauly, S.R. Bordenstein. Insect Innate Immunity Database (IIID): An Annotation Tool for Identifying Immune Genes in Insect Genomes. PLOSone. 2012.
  • Brucker, R.M., S.R. Bordenstein. Speciation by symbiosis. Trends in ecology and evolution. 2012. Review.