Holly Lutz (she/her)
Title and Institution: Postdoctoral Affiliate, Department of Immunology and Microbiology, The Scripps Research Institute
Holly a postdoc in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at Scripps Research (La Jolla, CA) and a Research Associate with the Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago, IL). She studies the ecology and evolution of host-symbiont systems and the immunological mechanisms underlying observed patterns of association. Her research integrates natural history collections with metagenomic, metabolomic, and histological methods to investigate the evolutionary processes shaping these associations in animal systems. She also applies these methods to clinical and experimental investigations of humans and disease phenotypes. For this expedition, Holly will be leading efforts to explore the microbiomes of deep sea octopus and other fauna. She received her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology (’16) from Cornell University, where she was affiliated with the Department of Ecology and Evolution, the Lab of Ornithology, and the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine.