Poretsky | Microbial Ecology Lab
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Welcome to the

  Poretsky Microbial Ecology Lab

Our research interests are in microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, bacterial diversity, and community structure and interactions in natural environments. We explore the functional diversity of bacteria in marine, freshwater, and other environments through the direct retrieval and analysis of microbial genes (metagenomics) and gene transcripts (metatranscriptomics).


By identifying factors involved in the activity and diversity of bacteria, it may be possible to better understand how bacterial communities, and consequently, biogeochemical cycles will respond to environmental changes.

Join Us

We are always looking for good graduate students and postdocs. Please contact us if you are interested in microbial ecology, molecular ecology, or bioinformatics! Graduate students typically enroll through the UIC Department of Biological Sciences. More information about our graduate program can be found here.

Potential MS and PhD students are encouraged to contact Dr. Poretsky to discuss opportunities in the lab.

Undergraduate research opportunities are often available. Please apply through the UIC Undergraduate Research Experience website.