Dr Xavier Harrison
Lecturer in Biosciences
Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter , Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD, UK
The natural world is alive with microbes, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. These microbes can live in close association with animal and plant hosts, and have huge impacts on their biology, influencing traits such as disease susceptibility, digestive efficiency and lifespan.
But why is the microbiome apparently so important for organismal fitness? And what are the mechanisms by which the microbiome can cause differences among individuals in life history trajectory? These are the questions that drive me.
I’m a molecular ecologist with a broad background in genetics and evolutionary ecology. I use a range of systems to tackle questions about host-microbe interactions, including amphibians, birds and insects.
2011 PhD Biological Sciences, University of Exeter
2006 BSc. (Hons) Biology, Class I, University of York
2019 – Present Lecturer, University of Exeter
2013-2018 Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology, ZSL
2011-2013 BBSRC Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Exeter
2007-2011 PhD, University of Exeter
2006-2007 Research Technician, UKPopNet, University of York