Lab Members

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Research Associate: Kathy Sheehan. I am interested in how Wolbachia, an obligate, intracellular bacterial symbiont, so successfully infects and survives inside insect hosts.

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Research Associate: MaryAnn Martin. My current research focuses on how Wolbachia pipientis infects and is transmitted by its host, the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster.

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Amelia Lindsey: Postdoctoral Fellow. I am broadly interested in the evolutionary dynamics of symbiotic relationships. My research focuses on Wolbachia infections in insects and how the process of horizontal transfer results in new evolutionary trajectories and altered host-symbiont phenotypes, such as the protection against pathogens. @amelia_lindsey

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Eric Smith: Postdoctoral Fellow. Broadly speaking, I am interested in evolution and population genetics. My current projects are focused on the evolution of the honeybee queen symbiont, Parasaccharibacter apium.@esmith1032

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Audrey Parish:Graduate Student. I am interested in the role microbes play in developmental plasticity. Particularly the effects of the microbiome on honey bee health and development, as the queen and worker castes develop from genetically identical larvae but rearing conditions alone modulate the phenotypic switch. @AudParish

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Delaney Miller: Graduate Student. For nearly 300 million years insects have been engaged in a co-evolutionary arms race with entomopathogenic fungi. How microbial symbionts in insect hosts respond to this selective pressure is of great interest to me. By coupling in vitro and in vivo approaches, I try to elucidate the mechanisms underlying symbiont-pathogen interactions and their impact on host fitness. Currently I am studying how members of the honey bee microbial community interact with fungal pathogens. @helikalebacter

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Undergraduate Researcher: Kaeli Bryant. I am interested in characterizing the relationship between Wolbachia pipientis and its effect on host reproduction. Specifically, I study the mechanism of recombination within Drosophila melanogaster and how it is influenced by Wolbachia.

  • Danny W. Rice: Research Associate
  • Lindsay Nevalainen: Graduate Student
Lab AlumniCurrent position
Melissa BlunckOffice of the Provost for Undergrad Research @IU
Dr. Freddy LeeTufts University
Dr. Kayla MillerMarion University
Lucas HenryPrinceton University
Rachel NiemiecUniversity of Chicago
Mairead O’Connor-Maleny

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