Research Focus

The Runstadler Lab seeks to understand genetic factors that impact susceptibility to infectious disease, specific or general and the repercussions for potential epidemics, persistence, and evolution of those infectious agents. Our research is conducted within the context of the interactions that define the ecology between an infectious agent, the environment and the host. Our focus is on the host/agent interaction and we are exploring a variety of approaches that may shed light on these interactions.

In doing so, our new research initiatives seek to break down traditional academic boundaries and bring together collaborative teams to address issues including the identification of disease vectors, the role of environmental change and pathogen persistence, population genetics and evolutionary biology, and the ecology of infectious agents.