Welcome to the web site for the research lab headed by Laura Runyen-Janecky, Professor of Biology in the Department of Biology at the University of Richmond.  We have a  Facebook page is and we have a new instagram account at rj_lab_microbes on instagram.  If you are looking for Laura’s personal web site, click here. For her C.V., click here.

Since 2002, the R-J lab has used molecular genetic and microbiological approaches to understand how bacteria live in diverse environments.  These environments range from the human colon (Shigella flexneri) to the tsetse fly gut (Sodalis glossinidius) to fermented foods (our newest project).   In our lab, we are exploring biology and beyond through cheese and fermented food microbiology.