Dr. Alexandre Figueiredo
Every animal hosts a multitude of microbes. collectively known as its microbiota. The microbiota present in animal guts is key for host fitness, for example by modulating host immunity or by aiding in the digestion of nutrients the host cannot. Recently observations from laboratory model systems suggest that the microbiota can also directly affect host behaviour. I am currently interested in how the microbiota shapes animal behaviour and if differences in microbiota compositions lead to different behaviours in wild animals.