Are you a bacteriologist? A virologist? A mycologist? A parasitologist? Most non-clinical researchers who work on infectious diseases would classify themselves thus. At the Bates lab we seek to break down these barriers, and engage in research on multiple pathogen classes, and specifically, on how different classes of pathogen might interact with each other in human or animal disease. In mammalian hosts different microbial classes come into contact with each other all the time… whether as commensal flora… or… or as pathogens.