Rachel Dutton (UCSD) Webinar

Rachel Dutton (UCSD) Webinar

Butler Seminar Series

Event Date/Location

September 23, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Thomas Laboratory


  • Dr. Rachel Dutton

    University of California, San Diego

    Rachel Dutton is an Associate Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego. Dr. Dutton received her B.Sc. in Molecular Biology from UC San Diego and her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Harvard Medical School. As a Bauer Fellow at Harvard University, her lab developed cheese as a simple model system for studying microbiomes. The Dutton lab is now working towards characterizing the diverse species interactions that occur within microbiomes. Dr. Dutton is a recipient of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, and has been named a Packard Fellow and a Pew Biomedical Scholar. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wired, NPR, and Netflix. She serves on the Leadership Team for UC San Diego's Center for Microbiome Innovation.


Uncovering the biology within microbiomes using cheese

Work in the Dutton lab leverages the experimental tractability of our model system, cheese, to discover the biological processes within microbiomes. Our studies focus primarily on dissecting the interactions between species within a microbiome, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. We employ a wide range of top-down and bottom-up approaches, from metagenomics to genetics, to characterize microbial life within communities.




Free and open to the university community and the public.


Tom Silhavy, Department of Molecular Biology