Disease Biology and Ecology

We have an exceptional research group in Disease Biology and Ecology with research teams focusing on infectious diseases, vector borne diseases, insect pathology, insect immunity, and symbiosis. We recently hired Erika Machtinger and Elizabeth McGraw to strengthen this core of excellent scientists.
  • Professor of Entomology


Sustainable and organic agriculture; Biological soil quality and sustainability; entomopathogenic nematode biology and ecology

  • Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Biology
  • J. Lloyd & Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair of Epidemiology


Population ecology and population dynamics with particular emphasis on mathematical and computational aspects

  • Professor


Molecular parasitology; medical entomology; host-parasite interactions

  • Professor of Entomology
  • Center for Chemical Ecology
  • Center for Pollinator Research


Insect-plant-entomopathogen interactions of the gypsy moth

  • Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
  • Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology
  • Eberly Professor of Biotechnology


Ecology and evolutionary genetics of infectious disease (Center For Infectious Disease Dynamics)

  • Professor and Huck Scholar in Ecological Entomology


Ecology and evolution of host-pathogen interactions; invasive species; agrobiodiversity and natural pest control; biological control