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Microbial Friends & Foes Research Experience for non-Cornell Undergraduates (MFF)

Program Organizers

Tory Hendry, Microbiology
Heather Feaga, Microbiology
Clare Casteel, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology




The goal of the Microbial Friends & Foes REU Summer Site is to expose undergraduate students to concepts, research questions, and experimental approaches central to understanding microbial interactions with eukaryotic hosts and host responses to microbes, and to inspire students to seek careers in science. Participants will be placed in host labs where they will work with a faculty mentor as well as graduate student and postdoctoral mentors to develop and implement an independent research project. The research of potential faculty mentors falls broadly into three themes currently growing within the field of host-microbe interactions: (i) the ecology and evolution of microbe-eukaryote interactions, (ii) mechanisms underlying host-microbe interactions, and (iii) genetic and genomic analysis of microbes related to their associations with eukaryotic hosts.

​The program is scheduled from June 5th to August 11th, 2023. Participants will receive a stipend of $6,000, on-campus housing and meals, and a travel subsidy. Students are expected to be available for the entirety of the program. (If you anticipate a conflict please contact us.) Applicants will be selected through a review process that will match participants with a mentor based on interest.

Some of our past MFF cohorts!