Welcome to the Dutton Lab!  We are located at Harvard University, in the FAS Center for Systems Biology.  Our lab studies the microbial communities found on cheeses.  The goal of our research is to identify the mechanisms and the principles through which microbial communities function, using cheese as a model system.  We combine microbial ecology-based approaches to study patterns in natural communities, and then test hypotheses in the lab with in vitro models of community formation.