My lab group studies insect-pathogen interactions, emphasizing questions such as how natural selection operates on host immune systems and why individuals vary in susceptibility or resistance to infection. We like to think of the host as an assemblage of interacting physiological processes where the immune system is embedded in the overall physiological context of the host. We consider host and pathogen as interacting components of a single system shaped by the abiotic environment.
Title: CIHMID Director, Professor
Department: Entomology/Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Roles: Faculty Investigator, Potential Postdoc Mentor, Potential Undergraduate Mentor
Research Areas: Animal Hosts, Bacteria, Disease Ecology and Evolution, Genetics, Genomics and Cell Biology of Infection