Greg Fournier


Research Interests

My current research focuses on integrating phylogenetics and horizontal gene transfer (HGT) with studies of microbial evolution and planetary history. Areas of focus include: -HGT based calibration of molecular clock models of microbial evolution; -The role of partial HGT on phylogenetic inference; -The impact of protein structure on partial HGT and evolutionary models; -Ancestral sequence reconstruction of ancient protein families; -The biogeochemical impact of HGT and microbial metabolism evolution; -Using HGT events to identify novel antibiotic drug targets for protozoan diseases. GregImage2.jpg

Greg Fournier

Postdoctoral Associate


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010, NASA Astrobiology Institute
  • Ph.D., 2009, University of Connecticut
  • B.A., 2001, Dartmouth College