Our Mission

Microbes drive most ecosystems on Earth, but they often do so under constraints imposed by the viruses which infect them. We develop the datasets and the experimental and informatics approaches needed to “see” viruses in the oceans, soils, extreme environments, and in humans. With this information, we better understand how these ecosystems work and how viruses might be used to engineer solutions to combat nuisance microbes.

We are part of a broader group of OSU faculty studying microbial communities in diverse natural systems, read more about these microbiome researchers here.

Visit the home page for each research area (links below) to learn more.

Biome Focus Areas

Bench Methods and Bioinformatics


Meet the Sullivan Lab, visit our people page!

Lab happy hour with the Wizard of Flow Cytometry, Ger van den Engh!

Happy hour with lab alum Ann Gregory at Seventh Son Brewery



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