John M. Chaston, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Plant & Wildlife Sciences 5132 LSB 801-422-4553 [email protected] I was born in Provo, UT and lived in Austin, TX and Auburn, AL until we moved to Somersworth, NH when I was 8, where I grew up. I studied Microbiology for 1 year at The University of New Hampshire, served a mission in the Washington Tacoma and Washington Seattle Missions from 2000-2002, studied at UNH for 1 more year, and then transferred to BYU to complete my degree. In 2005 I started in the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program at The University of Wisconsin-Madison working with Heidi Goodrich-Blair to study genetics of beneficial host-microbe interactions. I met my wife, Sheena Deus, while we were at BYU and we were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 2006. She completed her Masters in Bacteriology in 2009 and has since obtained a position as an online instructor at BYU-Idaho in biology and microbiology. I completed my degree in 2011, and we moved to Cornell University where I did a postdoc with Angela Douglas using bioinformatics to study beneficial host-microbe interactions. My research focuses on the genetic basis for microbial effects on animal traits and behaviors, and my group uses bioinformatics to develop hypotheses we validate experimentally in the lab. We have two daughters, Scarlett (3), and Gretel (1). We like to go on walks and hikes together as a family.