The Evolutionary Ecology of Infection, Immunity and Behaviour

We're based at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and affiliated with the Wellcome Trust-funded Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution at the University of Edinburgh. 

Our research addresses the causes and consequences of individual variation in the response to infection and we use the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as model of infection and immunity.

We have a general interest in invertebrate immune responses during systemic and chronic infections by both viral and bacterial pathogens. Many of our questions are motivated by evolutionary ecology. We aim to understand how infection impacts host life-histories, behaviour and ultimately, fitness.

Our work is generously supported by: