Handelsman Lab


Research in the Handelsman lab focuses on understanding diversity in microbial communities and their role in infectious disease. In particular, we are interested in understanding the genetic basis for stability of microbial communities, the role of a gut community as a source of opportunistic pathogens, and the soil microbial community as a source of new antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes. More…


As of February 1, 2017, Jo Handelsman will be the Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More information about her role at WID here.
Past Handelsman Lab Graduate Student Matthew McMahon and his wife Michelle recently welcomed twin boys, Archie and Sam. Congratulations, Matt and Michelle!
Past Handelsman Lab Graduate Student Jonathan Holt has been appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Keck Science Department at Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges in Claremont, CA. He will be teaching an introduction biology and microbiology course. Congratulations, Jon!
Past Handelsman Lab Postdoc Tiffany Tsang was recently appointed as a STEM Education Specialist in University of Hawaii’s Office of STEM Education. Congratulations, Tiffany!
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in collaboration with Federal agencies and private-sector stakeholders, announced a new National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) to foster the integrated study of microbiomes across different ecosystems. More information can be found in the press release here.