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The Microbiome of the Waimea Watershed

 One of our largest projects is a synergistic collaboration with @waimeavalleyoahu to study the interconnectedness and flow of microbes through ecological systems and trophic levels - from water to mud to rock to plant to bug to bird/fish/mammal. This project helps to ground us in our understanding of place and how we as humans influence that place.
C-MĀIKI's research will help steward and promote restoration, conservation, and sustainability of our most precious native resources by exploring the uncharted world of microbes. #nakiloaomaiki

Talks 2021

Advisor to C-MĀIKI, Dr. Margaret McFall-Ngai gives a seminar for the graduate class "Ecology of Microbial Symbiosis" on her research regarding the squid-vibrio symbiosis
Leah Thompson defends her MSc research "Unearthing the role of ectomycorrhizal fungi in pine invasion on Maui" which was funded by C-MĀIKI

C-MĀIKI Faculty/Post Doc SEED Grants 2018

Seed money for collaborative proposals by subgroups within C-MAIKI invest in efforts that will lead to grants from federal (NSF, NIH, NOAA, NASA, DOE, DARPA, etc.) or national private funding agencies (Keck Fdn, Gates Fdn, etc.).   Funding was awarded to groups of two to four PIs that have have tenure homes across at least two colleges or schools (e.g., Engineering and CNS or SOEST and CTAHR).  At least one member must be affiliated with the C-MAIKI group while other members can be any UH faculty, at any rank.

Gut microbiome changes during introduction of poi as the first solid food in breastfed infants

Kauʻi Baumhofer*, Michael Corley, Kiana Frank,

Noa Lincoln, Kainoa Revilla

Modeling invasive symbiontʻs influence on the spread of
invasive hosts

Cameron Egan*, Travis Idol, Daisuke Takagi, Nicole Hynson

The role of bacterial flagellar positioning on motility in the host animal microenvironments

Daisuke Takagi, Jon Lynch*

Investigating the gut microbiome in
social networks at risk for diabetes

Alika Maunakea*, Ruben Juarez, and Anthony Sigmund

The distribution of symbiotic microbes within their mosquito host

Matt Medeiros*, Tara Essock-Burns*, Helen Spafford, Priscilla Seabourn

Sediment metagenomes on a third-generation sequencer to detect diel differences

Laura Tipton*, Kiana Frank, Nicole Hynson

Relationship between zinc availability and physiology of environmental mycobacteria

This research competition provides opportunities for UH Mānoa graduate students…  

 -To compete for seed funding (up to $5,000) to cultivate, expand and strengthen the incorporation of microbial research into their dissertation work; 

-To develop their scientific communication and marketing skills through the promotion and pitch of their research on relevant platforms.

We encourage graduate students from any discipline to submit projects that highlight microbes at the foundation of a biological or physical process. Graduate students are encouraged to propose projects that aim to increase scientific literacy in microbiome research and foster trans-disciplinary research collaborations with microbes at the core

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