Julie Horvath is an associate research professor in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences department at NCCU. She is also jointly appointed as the head of the Genomics and Microbiology Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Research in the Horvath lab uses evolutionary and comparative approaches to explore the connection between host and microbial genetics, as well as the impact on health and behavior. She has numerous projects using comparative genomics to investigate human and other primate genomes to better understand unique primate characteristics, disease susceptibilities and conservation research.
The Horvath lab also explores the microorganisms that live on the skin to understand how daily habits and host genetics impact the microbes living on skin and how those microbes then impact health and behavior. Dr. Horvath has expertise in science communication and citizen science projects that engage thousands of students and the public in primate genetics and skin microbiome research.
Participate in the Monkey Health Explorer project here: monkeyhealthexplorer.org.