Joshua Weitz is the lead PI of two new collaborative grants, funded by the National Science Foundation to understand virus-microbe interactions spanning cellular, population, and ecosystem scales. The two grants are supported by Biological Oceanography and the Physics of Living Systems.
Collective Dynamics and Collaborative Killing: Synergistic Elimination of Bacteria by Immune Cells and Viruses: The goal of this project is to develop an integrated approach to understand the physics of complex interactions amongst phage, bacteria, and innate immune effector cells. The project is joint w/Jennifer Curtis of Georgia Tech. More information at Bio Oc Award - nsf.gov.
Collaborative Research: Inferring Cellular Lysis and Regeneration of Organic Matter by Marine Viruses: The goal of this project is to develop an integrated approach to characterize lineage-specific rates of infection, lysis, and nutrient release induced by marine viruses in open ocean ecosystems. The project is joint w/Matthew Sullivan of Ohio State and Steven Wilhelm of U-Tennessee Knoxville. More information at:
PoLS Award - nsf.gov