To train future generations of scientists to decipher how microbes make Earth habitable for humans.
We use integrated modern microbiology to uncover new ways microbes contribute to the maintenance of life on Earth. Regardless of the ecosystem, we aim to understand how microbes balance nutrient cycles, mitigate pollutants, influence ecosystem productivity and human health. Our methods depend on the questions, but usually include the following:
High throughput isolation of microbes
Genome-enabled microbial physiology and functional genomics of environmental microbes
Microbiome analyses to contextualize laboratory findings
Ecosystem (meta)genomics to identify links between ecosystem processes and microbial metabolism
Harnessing the power of Earth’s tiniest lives
Paul launched the Carini Lab at the University of Arizona in July of 2017. We pride ourselves on being data-driven microbiologists, with an eye toward discovery. Sometimes that means we strike a balance between interpreting our data and following our intuition. We make and accept mistakes—learn from them—and push onward.