• The Simons Foundation, Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems, "Evolutionary Dynamics of Gene Transfer Agents and Their Role in the Emergence of Cooperation" (PI: Olga Zhaxybayeva; Collaborator: Andrew Lang)

  • The NSF Division of Environmental Biology, Evolutionary Processes Cluster, "Origin and Evolutionary History of Gene Transfer Agents in Marine Bacteria" (PI: Olga Zhaxybayeva)

  • NASA Astrobiology: Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology Program, "Epigenetics, DNA Uptake, and Phosphorus Cycling are Intertwined Processes in the Hypersaline Adapted Archaeal Class Halobacteria" (PI: R. Thane Papke; Co-PI: Olga Zhaxybayeva)

  • Neukom IQBS/CompX Faculty Grant to study evolution of Gene Transfer Agents (PI: Olga Zhaxybayeva; Collaborator: Andrew Lang)

  • DOE JGI Community Sequence Program Award, "Genomic determinants of the adaptation of an oil-dwelling bacterium Kosmotoga olearia to a wide range of growth temperature" (PI: Olga Zhaxybayeva; co-PI: Camilla L. Nesbo)

  • Dean of Faculty start-up funds, Dartmouth College

  • Walter and Constance Burke Research Initiation Award, Dartmouth College


  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Microbiome Initiative for the project on "Modeling and mapping microbial diversity and function with marker genes, genomes and metagenomes" (PIs: Drs. Ford Doolittle, Robert Beiko, Joe Bielawski and Marc Ereshefsky; Co-Applicant: Olga Zhaxybayeva).

  • [CIHR Press Release]

    The human microbiome project aims to (1) characterize the diversity of types of bacteria in and on our bodies and (2) assess their various roles in health and disease, so that we might (3) learn better how to encourage the good bugs and discourage the bad. Achieving these interrelated goals requires better methods for identifying microbial types and predicting their activities. These must be based on sounder knowledge of underlying ecological and genetic mechanisms and processes. In the theoretical component of our project we will, through modelling and mapping of the ever vaster genomic and metagenomic databases, advance knowledge of mechanisms and processes. In the practical component, we will develop software for characterizing the diversity and predicting the impact of the many microbial communities we humans harbor. We believe this software will be of wide and immediate use to all microbiome scientists.
  • DOE JGI Community Sequence Program Award for the "Sequencing the genome of Thermotogales strain mesAg.4.1 - a member of the putative mesotoga lineage" (PIs: Camilla L. Nesbo, Olga Zhaxybayeva, Eric Bapteste, Julia Foght, Kenneth M. Noll and W. Ford Doolittle)