Evolution of Host-Parasite Interactions

Welcome to the laboratory of Nolwenn M. Dheilly

Our research integrates the disciplines of immunology, parasitology, ecology, evolution and genetics to study the underlying principles of host-parasite co-evolution.

Key questions that guide our research projects include:
–       What is the role of host-associated microorganisms in resistance?
–       What is the role of parasite-associated microorganisms in virulence?
–       What are the consequences of host-parasite co-evolution on the immune system evolution?
–       How global change affects the holobiont and its susceptibility to parasites?

Choice of organisms is based on biological diversity, evolutionary heterogeneity, presence/knowledge of symbionts, economic importance and opportunities to work in the field and interact with the organisms in their natural ecosystems.

Because of the multidisciplinary nature of our research, students with a variety of backgrounds and skills are welcomed, and undergraduate and graduate student research can be incorporated into all aspects of the work.  Depending on the student’s interests and time constraints, they can be involved in fieldwork, lab work, parasite characterization, animal husbandry, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics .

We are always looking for curious, committed and talented students. If you are interested in applying for postdoctoral fellowships, we’d be happy to hear from you and assist in proposal development. Please email Nolwenn with a CV and statement of interest.

Member of the SoMAS Graduate Program and the Ecology and Evolution Graduate Program.
Founding member and Steering Committee member of the SBU Genomics Center