Rebecca is a recently appointed lecturer in the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Durham University. Her research focuses on host-microbe interactions and their influence on the host throughout the lifespan. She obtained her PhD from Imperial College, London, and subsequently studied host-pathogen interactions using the Drosophila model in Marc Dionne’s lab at King’s College, London. She applied this expertise to the context of the aging animal during further postdoctoral training in David Walker’s lab at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work aims to build an integrated view of the complex network of interactions that underlie the microbiota-host association and its impact during aging.