Karna Gowda

Karna Gowda

Postdoctoral Scholar

The University of Chicago

Much like a factory production line, microbial communities divide the burden of metabolic “labor” over many species that take on different roles. Unlike the production line, however, the organization of microbial communities emerges from a complex interplay between ecological and evolutionary processes. My research program is about discovering how nature builds its metabolic factories.

I am currently Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Ecology & Evolution and Center for Physics of Evolving Systems. I am jointly mentored by Seppe Kuehn and Madhav Mani. I was a James S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow from 2017-2020. Prior to that, I completed a PhD in Applied Mathematics with Mary Silber, where I worked on pattern formation and geospatial data analysis relating to dryland ecology.


Recent Publications

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Statistically learning the functional landscape of microbial communities

Genomic patterns in the global soil microbiome emerge from microbial interactions

Global epistasis on fitness landscapes

Genomic structure predicts metabolite dynamics in microbial communities