The Chong Lab at University of Hawaii

Symbiotic interactions between organisms enable the exploitation of new ecological niches and can promote diversification. Prominent examples of symbiotic interactions include organelles (i.e. mitochondria and plastids) in eukaryotes and intracellular bacteria that persist in an obligate co-evolutionary relationship with specific insect host lineages. Hawaiian planthoppers provide a unique opportunity to study evolution, symbiosis, subterranean biodiversity, and island biogeography. Our research combines molecular techniques, experimental approaches, and bioinformatic tools to investigate how co-evolutionary interactions between host and intracellular symbiont drives genomic and functional evolution of symbioses, and how this contributes to generating and maintaining biodiversity. 

The Chong Lab is in the School of Life Sciences (formerly Departments of Biology, Botany, and Microbiology) at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Learn more about our research or contact us.

Latest News

  • SEA-PHAGES undergrads co-author genome announcement

    Congratulations to the Spring 2022 SEA-PHAGES cohort of undergraduate student for their hard work on their bacteriophage genome announcement in Microbial Resource Announcements. Access the article here: https://doi.org/10.1128/mra.00940-22 Chong RA, Cosse CM*,  Gaytan V*,  Green DS*,  Kane CJ*,  Kasal KA*,  Kon ZK*,  Maxwell RE*,  Olaru V*,  Pham TD*,  Precourt MF*,  Romero JR*,  Rothschild WJ*,  Sales SN*,  Sensano TD*,  Simko WE*,  Smith IJ*,  Toor MA*,  Wilson AR*, and Porter ML. (2022) Genome Sequence of Arthrobacter Phage NathanVaag. Microbial Resources Announcements

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