PhD Student

Research Topic & Project

Regulatory determinants of microbial fitness in the human gut


B.S. Biology-Genetics and Biotechnology, University of Iowa, 2012

B.A. International Studies-Global Health, University of Iowa, 2012

M.S. Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2016


In the Vanderpool Lab, Amanda leverages molecular biology, genomics, and microbial ecology to understand how human gut bacteria compete in the host. With special emphasis on the Bacteroidetes, she works to define conserved RNA regulatory mechanisms bacteria use to quickly alter cell structure and metabolism in response to stress, diet change, and pharmacological exposure.

In addition to her expertise in gut microbe metabolism, Amanda is the lab expert in farmer's markets, Latin street dance, and cycling.

Amanda N. D. Adams

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