Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Melissa Ingala

Global Genome Initiative Buck Fellow
Department / Division
  • Ph.D. Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum of Natural History, NY
  • M.S. Fordham University, Bronx, NY
  • B.S. Fordham University, Bronx NY
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Research Interests

My research is focused on the dynamic ecological and evolutionary relationships between mammalian hosts and their gut symbionts, including bacteria and helminths. My project as a GGI fellow centers on understanding how adaptations to different diets are partitioned across the host genome and the gut microbiome in bats (Chiroptera) and whether independent dietary transitions spur convergence in gut microbiome functions that may help bats specialize on challenging food resources.