Holly Ganz is a researcher at the University of California, Davis, Genome Center, where she studies microbes associated with animals.
Holly decided to become a biologist as a middle schooler when she became an avid snorkeler in the murky waters off of Martha’s Vineyard. A biology major at George Washington University, she spent much of her time in college on marine biology field trips. She completed a master’s degree in marine biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where she studied population genetics of copepods. Holly went to UC Davis to pursue a Ph.D. in insect ecology. There she discovered the amazing evolutionary and ecological interactions between microbes and their animal hosts and never looked back. She has studied microbe-host interactions in mosquitoes, Daphnia, zebras, vultures, dogs, cats, and mummies.