Dr. Hunter is a microbial ecologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Minnesota. He received his PhD at the University of Guelph and pursued his postdoctoral studies at MIT/Caltech under the supervision of Dianne Newman. Dr. Hunter has a longstanding interest in the behavior of CF-associated bacterial pathogens in vivo. His laboratory uses a combination of environmental chemistry, microscopy, genomics, bacterial genetics and mouse models to study the dynamics of microbial communities within the upper (sinuses) and lower airways (lungs), and their response to the environmental chemistry of the host. In collaboration with the UMN Adult CF Treatment Center and the Division of Pulmonology, the overarching goal of his research is to characterize the in vivo growth environment of respiratory pathogens and how environmental-microbe interactions correlate to disease states. He has a particular interest in bioavailable carbon sources within the airways, and the metabolic strategies pathogens use to obtain them. Ultimately, he hopes to manipulate these interactions to discover new therapeutic strategies and improve clinical outcomes.