The above photo shows Drosophila flanked by its commensal microbial communities. To the left are bacterial colonies growing on MRS media and to the right are yeast colonies on RBCA media. (Photos by James Angus Chandler and Kathy Keatly-Garvey. Drosophila image from Beadle and Sturtevant 1942.)

This pretty much sums up my research. I am investigating the microbial communities that are associated with Drosophila (and other insects) and the effect these microbes have on host traits. Read more about my work on the research page.

Feel free to contact me at

jachandler (at)


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