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Melissa Ingala, Ph.D.
Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

I am a biologist and postdoctoral fellow at the National Museum of Natural History. My research focuses on understanding the dynamic relationships among bats and their symbiotic microbes and endoparasites. I also try to understand how these relationships are shaped by evolutionary history, host ecology, and the broader environment. My work is primarily museum collections based, and seeks to both reinvent and expand collections to capture host-associated microbes within the pantheon of biodiversity.

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Big News!

I'm joining Fairleigh Dickinson University as Assistant Professor of Microbiology in January 2022!