People

Alexander  Berry

Alexander Berry

Graduate Student

Dustin  Brisson

Dustin Brisson

Associate Professor, Lab Director

Department of Biology University of Pennsylvania Leidy Laboratories, 209 433 South University Avenue Philadelphia PA 19104-6018

My research assumes that organisms that can cause disease manifestations are indeed living organisms with there own ecologies and evolutionary histories - similar to plants, animals, and fungi. Using this as an intellectual foundation, I investigate the ecology (interactions affecting distribution and abundance) and evolution (change in geno- and phenotype due to neutral or selected processes) of disease causing organisms and their natural host populations.

Jill  Devine

Jill Devine

Research Specialist

Camilo E Khatchikian

Camilo E Khatchikian

Research Associate

Room 326 Leidy Labs

My research is focused on the evolutionary ecology of vector-borne diseases. I strive to understand how the environment influences populations of vectors and diseases and how the interactions among them are shaped. Specifically, I study the epidemiology, population dynamics, and history of complex diseases systems from an ecological perspective.

Damien  Lekkas

Damien Lekkas

Research Associate

Wilbert Long

Post-Doctoral Associate

Stephanie N Seifert

Stephanie N Seifert

PhD Candidate

Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, 433 South University Ave, 327A Leidy Labs, Phila, PA 19104

I use molecular and phylogenetic techniques to investigate the history of host-pathogen interactions using the Lyme pathogen, Borrelia burgdorferi s.s., as my model system.

I also organize a Phylogenetics Reading Group which meets weekly on Wednesdays at 11:30-12:30.  You can join the group here: Bio-PRG

Wei  Zhou

Wei Zhou

Graduate Student