I am generally interested in understanding how bacteria interact with each other to direct their group behaviors. In the Whiteley lab, I use Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pa) as the model system to study bacteria behaviors in human infections. My current focus is to obtain a mechanistic understanding of Pa gene expression signature during polymicrobial infections. I am also interested in studying the physiological heterogeneity of Pa community under conditions mimicking natural infections.
After receiving my bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences in China, I joined the Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences graduate program at the University of Wyoming. I completed my PhD in Dr. Dan Wall's lab, where I studied an intriguing bacterial cell-cell communication system termed outer membrane exchange. I joined the Whiteley lab as a postdoctoral fellow in January 2019. Twitter: @cao_pengbo
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