Dwyer Lab

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease

Gypsy moth larvae
Photo by Alison Hunter 

Research in my lab is focused on the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, and especially on how mathematical models can help us understand disease dynamics. The main diseases that we work on are baculoviruses, fatal, directly transmitted pathogens of forest insects. Through our work on baculoviruses, we have developed extensive expertise in statistical methods of fitting epidemic models to data, and this has led to more recent work on using models to understand epidemics in human populations. Finally, our interest in host-pathogen coevolution has led to work on using host-pathogen models to explain the maintenance of disease resistance genes in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana.