Dr. Benjamin Wolfe is an assistant professor of microbiology in the Department of Biology at Tufts University. He received a B.Sc. in 2003 from Cornell University, a Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University in 2011, was a postdoctoral researcher in the FAS Center for Systems Biology from 2010-2014. Benjamin established his lab at Tufts in 2014. His lab uses model systems to determine the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape the diversity and function of microbiomes. Projects integrate experimental evolution, metagenomics, comparative genomics, genome engineering, and in situ community reconstructions. Basic principles of microbial community assembly determined in the tractable microbiomes used in the Wolfe lab can help guide the design and manipulation of more complex microbial communities in industry, medicine, and nature.