Talima Pearson, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor

Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University

Assistant Research Professor

Translational Genomics Research Institute

Associate Director

Pathogen & Microbiome Institute



I am interested in the detection, identification, and dispersal of bacterial pathogens. This entails documenting and tracing mutations that occur over multiple evolutionary time periods and understanding the  genomic evolution of our target. Over long term evolutionary periods, we can trace the spread of disease within a single patient, between individuals, throughout a region, and even across the globe. Using genomic tools to document transmission improves upon traditional epidemiological approaches in understanding of the risk of infection.


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    Microbiome studies are identifying novel and accidental pathogens associated with dysbiosis and disease. Part of my research involves identifying important community members and assessing their persistence and transmission using culturing (and culture free) and sequencing  approaches.