Fatima Aysha Hussain
I study the ecology and evolution of microbes living in the human vagina, or the vaginal microbiome.
The composition of a persons vaginal microbiome can impact their susceptibility to preterm birth,
bacterial vaginosis, and HIV infection. I am collaborating with the Alm lab to build an isolate and
genome collection of vaginal microbes. I aim to use genome wide association studies (GWAS) to map
genotypes to phenotypes of interest and compliment this computational work with lab experiments at
strain-level resolution. My expertise and focus are in (pro)phage-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions
and how they shape the structure and function of microbial communities.