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Irene Newton to co-lead collaborative team awarded $12.5 million for new NSF Biology Integration Institute:
GEMS team will address the fundamental biological question: "How do symbioses unify biology, from molecule to ecosystem?" by examining the interaction between clover and honey bees as a model. Newton's research focuses on mechanisms of symbiosis, genomics, and bioinformatics. Other IU Biology faculty researchers on the multi-institutional GEMS team are Jen Lau, studying field ecology and rapid evolution; Jay Lennon, studying microbial communities and evolutionary ecology; and Mike Wade, studying population biology and co-evolution.