Jessica Labonté

Jessica Labonté

Assistant Professor
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Research Interests:

My research evolves around the study of the role of viruses in aquatic environments through the characterization of their relationships with their hosts. I use a combination of laboratory cultures, molecular biology techniques, and bioinformatics to:

  • Describe and interprete spatial and temporal viral and microbial diversity
  • Characterize phage-host interactions of model organisms and in environmental systems
  • Understand the mechanisms of evolution of viruses and bacteria in the environment


B.Sc. (Microbiology), Université Laval, Quebec, QC, Canada (2003)
M.Sc. (Microbiology), Université Laval, Quebec, QC, Canada (2005)
Ph.D. (Microbiology and Immunology), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada (2013)

Courses Taught:

Seminar in Marine Biology (MARB482)

Recent Publications:

Labonté, J. M., B. K. Swan, B. Paulos, H. Luo, S. Koren, S. J. Hallam, M. B. Sullivan, T. Woyke, E. K. Wommack, and R. Stepanauskas. 2015. Single cell sequence based analysis of virus-host interactions in marine surface bacterioplankton. ISME J. 9, 2386–2399. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2015.48

Labonté, J. M., S. J. Hallam, and C. A. Suttle. 2015. Previously unknown evolutionary groups dominate the ssDNA gokushoviruses in oxic and anoxic waters of a coastal marine environment. Frontiers in Microbiology. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2015.00315

Labonté, J. M., E. K. Field, M. Lau, E. Van Heerden, T. L. Kieft, T. C. Onstott, and R. Stepanauskas.Single cell genomics indicates horizontal gene transfer and viral infections in a deep subsurface Firmicutes population. Frontiers Microbiol. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2015.00349

Labonté, J. M. and C. A. Suttle. 2013. Metagenomic and whole-genome analysis reveals new lineages of gokushoviruses and biogeographic separation in the sea. Frontiers Microbiol. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2013.00404

Labonté, J. M. and C. A. Suttle. 2013. Previously unknown and highly divergent ssDNA viruses populate the oceans. 2013. ISME J. 7, 2169–2177. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2013.110

Labonté, J. M., K. E. Reid, and C. A. Suttle. 2009. Phylogenetic analysis indicates evolutionary diversity and environmental segregation of marine podovirus DNA polymerase gene sequences. Appl Environ Microbiol 75:3634-3640. doi: 10.1128/AEM.02317-08

Deveau H., R. Barrangou, J. E. Garneau, J. Labonté, C. Fremaux, P. Boyaval, D. a Romero, P. Horvath, and S. Moineau. 2008. Phage response to CRISPR-encoded resistance in Streptococcus thermophilus. J Bacteriol 190:1390-400. doi: 10.1128/JB.01412-07