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  • Decrypting immunological memory unmasks pathogen community dynamics and immune kinetics

    Thu, Oct 10, 2019, 12:30 pm

    Infectious diseases are among the greatest threats to human health, and efficient detection, quantitation and surveillance, especially of those causing novel epidemics remains a major problem for public health agencies and infectious diseases researchers. Serological surveillance is a bedrock of infectious disease surveillance efforts, but resources often limit the scope of surveillance efforts to usually a small number of pathogens and often a limited population.

  • Unexpected consequences of interventions for vector-borne diseases

    Thu, Oct 3, 2019, 12:30 pm

    Ecology has a long and rich history of developing mathematical models to understand the processes that drive population dynamics. Applying these same tools to parasite populations and exposing the processes that govern infection dynamics at multiple biological scales is important for understanding parasite biology, explaining observed experimental or natural disease patterns, and evaluating approaches for disease control.

  • Collective Ecophysiology and Physics of Honeybees

    Thu, Sep 26, 2019, 12:30 pm

    Collective behavior of organisms creates environmental micro-niches that buffer them from environmental fluctuations e.g. temperature, humidity, mechanical perturbations etc., thus coupling organismal physiology, environmental physics and population ecology. This talk will focus on a combination of biological experiments, theory and computation to understand how a collective of bees can integrate physical and behavioral cues to attain a non-equilibrium steady state that allows them to resist and respond to environmental fluctuations of forces and flows.

  • The company you keep matters: Physiological mechanisms of indirect genetic effects for cooperation in Trinidadian guppies

    Thu, Sep 19, 2019, 12:30 pm

    A central problem in modern biology is understanding how an individual’s traits, whether physical features, disease or behavior, result from the combined action of genes, the physical environment, and the social environment with which an individual interacts. Describing genetic influences on behavior is particularly challenging when genes carried by multiple social partners interact to generate behavior.


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