Alita Burmeister

Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences


  • Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University, 2017-2019
  • PhD, Michigan State University, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and Ecology, Evolution, Biology and Behavior, 2011-2016
  • BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bacteriology, 2002-2005

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Research Interests

Bacteria-phage interactions:

  • Evolution of phage resistance and antibiotic resistance
  • Evolutionary trade-offs and trade-ups
  • Phage genomics and evolution
  • Causes and consequences of extinction
  • Microbiology & molecular biology of host-phage interactions
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