Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Bacteriology. Research in my lab centers on insect-microbe interactions, with a current focus on those between mosquitoes and their gut microbiota. If this topic interests you, get in touch!

Mailing address:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Bacteriology
1550 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706 USA

Lab phone: +1 (608) 263-6375
Fax: +1 (608) 262-9865


  • Kerri receives support through the UW WARF Microbiome Accelerator Challenge

    The lab has received funding through the UW WARF Accelerator program to support another field season studying microbiome diversity and mosquito dynamics in catch basins in the Chicago, IL area. This work is being conducted …

  • Congratulations to Aldo and Andrew!

    Aldo Arellano has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his work on Wyeomyia–Sarracenia-microbe interactions, while Andrew Sommer received an Honorable Mention for his work on fly-microbe interactions. Congratulations, Aldo and Andrew!

  • What’s the buzz about bugs and bacteria?

    Are you the parent or caregiver to an aspiring young scientist? If you answered YES, check out the following free, downloadable activity pamphlet developed by our very own Holly Nichols to get crafty and use …

  • Kerri to speak at this week’s Virtual WN@tL

    Kerri will be speaking at this week’s Wednesday Nite @ the Lab, to be held virtually this Wednesday, March 10 from 7:00-8:15 pm Central. Read more about the event here. Zoom Link: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrce2vrDwtHNBMv0FxIcmw56npNOhu831_


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