Robert Brucker

Robert Brucker

Rowland Fellow
Robert Brucker

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.


Contact Information

Rowland Institute at Harvard
Harvard University
100 Edwin H. Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA 02142
p: 617 497 4747