Bacteria and Archaea, constitute the oldest and most diverse groups of micro-organisms on earth. Their impact permeates every aspect of life on this planet including nutrient cycling in the geosphere, decompostion of organic matter, and acquisition of essential biomolecules for eukaryotic hosts (symbiosis).

The primary focus of our research group is to understand the structure, function, and evolution of microbial communities. We specifically address these questions within the context of two distinct ecological niches; the Human microbiome, and Hypersaline environments. For more specific information, check out our current projects.

We employ a diverse array of conventional microbiology and molecular biology techniques, coupled with multi-omic characterizations (genomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics/proteomics), to infer patterns in microbe-microbe, microbe-host, and microbe-environment interactions. We also rely extensively on the use of High-throughput Computing, Scientific programming, Bioinformatics/Computational Biology tools, and Statistical methods to mine relevant biological information from large complex datasets.

Sankaranarayanan Lab, Fall 2017
(from left) Allison Mann, Mian Li, Krithi Sankaranarayanan, Christine Woelfel-Monsivais, and Nisha Patel

Prospective Students

We are always looking for motivated individuals to join our group. The interdisciplinary nature of our projects often requires an amalgam of skills. If you have a background in Biological Sciences, with either strong laboratory skills (Molecular Biology and Genetics/Biochemistry/Microbial cultivation), or analytical/informatics skills (Computational biology, uni- and multivariate statistics, and programming in Perl/Python/R), you will be a good fit for our group. Please take a look at our research projects and lab philosophy prior to contacting me.

Postdoctoral Positions: I currently do not have any funded Post-doctoral positions available.

Graduate Positions: Our department is currently accepting applications for graduate students for the 2019 academic year. I am currently recruiting students with a strong background in bioinformatics for the Masters program. If you are interested in joining our group, send me an email with the subject "Graduate Position, 2018", along with a short description of your background, research interests, and current CV.

Undergraduate Positions: Our group has a strong interest in fostering undergraduate research in the Life Sciences. Our lab typically hosts between 2-3 undergraduate students each year, including majors in Microbiology, Biology, Anthropology, and other affiliated fields. If you are interested in joining our group, send me an E-mail with the subject "Undergraduate Research Position", along with a short description including your Major/Program, Year of study, and Specific area of interest. The University of Oklahoma offers several avenues for funded undergraduate research. Prospective students are encouraged to look into the UROP, HRAP , and FYRE programs.

Contact Us

Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology

32, George Lynn Cross Hall

University of Oklahoma

770 Van Vleet Oval

Norman, OK 73019

Laboratories of Molecular Anthropology and Microbiome Research

1050, Stephenson Research and Technology Center

University of Oklahoma

101 David L. Boren Blvd

Norman, OK 73019