Rachel Bell Summer Research

Nov 13, 2018

This past summer Rachel Bell studied the microbiomes of lemurs in the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve, Madagascar, to observe species level difference in the gut, hair, oral and genital biomes of Verraux’s Sifaka and ring tailed lemurs.  DNA from the samples will be analyzed at the UMass Genomics Laboratory and the results will be statistically analyzed to explore the relationship between microbiomes and host species, and the effect of habitat type and species on measures of microbiome diversity. Rachel is a student in the laboratory of Jason Kamilar in the Anthropology Department.
See her report below.