Boots Lab Integrative Biology
About Us: Parasites and pathogens continue to be a major burden to human health, cause significant damage in agriculture, and be ubiquitous in nature. We are interested in understanding the evolution and ecology of infectious disease and applying this knowledge to their management and control. We develop ecological and evolutionary theory and test the theory in insect-virus model systems in the lab and the field. In addition, we apply ecological and evolutionary theory by building epidemiological models of human tropical disease and specific ecological models of wildlife disease to develop evolutionarily rational intervention and control strategies.
Getz Lab Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
About Us: Students and postdoctoral students in the Getz lab address a broad range of theoretical and applied questions in disease and movement ecology with a focus on wildlife and conservation biology. Recent and current projects include research on zoonoses such as Anthrax and Ebola as well as explorations of the causes, patterns, mechanisms and consequences associated with bird migration and disease transmission along the paleoarctic flyway.
Remais Lab Public Health
Koskella Lab Integrative Biology
About Us: The future of sustainable human health and agriculture rests on our ability to view microbial evolution as part of the solution rather than the problem. The Koskella lab takes on this challenge by combining discovery-based science on plant microbiomes with hypothesis-driven experimentation. Our research examines host-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions by first identifying patterns in nature and then, in line with current theory where available, generating predictions to explicitly test in the laboratory using a combination of experimental evolution, microbial ecology approaches, and molecular biological techniques.
Almeida Lab Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
About Us: Our mission is to conduct research and provide academic training on the ecology of emerging plant diseases. Our research tools and approaches range from field experiments and disease surveys to greenhouse experimental manipulations, as well as the functional characterization of pathogen genes involved in pathogen-vector-plant interactions and studies on pathogen diversity and evolution. This holistic approach is necessary to successfully integrate fundamental science findings and translate that knowledge into real-world practical solutions; in other words, we attempt to bridge fundamental and applied sciences to address current and emerging disease problems.
About Us: Our group develops and applies methods for estimating the distribution and spread of infectious diseases in environments experiencing significant changes, such as those caused by urbanization, industrialization, changes in water resources, and a changing and increasingly variable climate. We investigate the dynamics of globally important waterborne and vector-borne infections—including diarrheal diseases, malaria, dengue, Japanese encephalitis and schistosomiasis—as significant societal and environmental changes unfold. We develop new approaches for simulating and optimizing surveillance networks to detect existing and emerging infectious diseases under changing conditions.
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