Rebecca Vega Thurber, Ph.D.



Vega Thurber, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology
Oregon State University

"The Roles of Environmental Nitrogen in Coral Microbiome Dysbiosis and Disease"


The Vega-Thurber lab investigates how bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms interact with and regulate marine ecosystems. Currently our projects focus on tropical reef and deep-sea ecosystems. Our lab is funded primarily by the National Science Foundation.

The lab’s research uses interdisciplinary and high technology approaches to address questions about how viruses and microbes function in and affect the environment. Using a combination of empirical experimentation, field work, metagenomics, microscopy and molecular biology, my research provides important insight into a variety of fields including: virology, microbiology, coral reef ecology, animal physiology, and the evolution of symbioses.