Do good science, be inclusive, have fun, and never forget the big picture!
We want to emphasize making the lab inclusive to all groups, especially those that have been historically marginalized in academia and the sciences.
The vision of the lab is to train the next generation of scientists that are mindful to the socioeconomic and political context they are working in. We want all of the members of the lab to have a healthy relationship with work and be satisfied by their research activities.
As Plant Microbial Ecologists we can never forget the big picture! The big picture can be related to the direct impacts of the work on agriculture, what it means to the basic science, or how the research can improve the lives of people in the community.
Meet the Scientists
The Favela lab is currently recruiting lab technicians, graduate students, and postdocs! Check out the join tab for more information!
Alonso Favela, Ph.D. (he/him)
I am an incoming (Spring 2024) Assistant Professor in the School of Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona. I'm an Arizona native with roots from Durango, Mexico.I earned a Bachelors of Science from the University of Arizona in Biology (Bear Down!) and received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. Working with Angela Kent at UIUC, my research focused on understanding how genetic variation in the plant shaped microbiome assembly and function. This was when I feel in love with microbial ecology and plant biology! After finishing my Ph.D., I moved to California to work with Steve Allison at UC-Irvine. My research here focused on how diverse plant-microbiome interactions responded to long-term drought response.
When I have time, I like to listen podcasts, play video games, hike, and spending times with friends/family.
I'm an ex-research beagle, who has come out of academic retirement to act as the mascot of the Favela lab.
I like to take naps, get zoomies, eat whatever I can get my paws on, and stare wistfully into your soul.
Lab Manager, Graduate Student, Postdoc
This could be you!
If you are interested in studying ecosystems, microbes, or plants please reach out!
If you are an undergraduate interested in research fill out this google forum and reach out to Dr. Favela via email.