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Jacob Palmer

Assistant Professor

Biological Sciences


Jacob Palmer is interested in how microbes interact with each other, their environment and their potential predators (bacteriophage). He is especially interested in the evolution of the tools of bacterial combat and how bacteria deploy these molecular weapons to gain a competitive advantage.

His lab uses a range of methods to explore questions in microbial interactions, and he is always interested in learning new techniques and studying new environments. Historically, he has focused on the human gut microbiome and used methods of molecular biology, protein biochemistry, evolutionary modeling and experimental ecology.


  • Postdoc in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Oxford, UK, 2019 - 2023
  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, 2019
  • BS in Biological Sciences, Purdue University, 2012

Research Interests

  • Microbial Ecology
  • Bacterial Warfare
  • Microbiome

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