• Ramirez* and Short* et al., 2014
    Chromobacterium Csp_P Reduces Malaria and Dengue Infection in Vector Mosquitoes and Has Entomopathogenic and In Vitro Anti-pathogen Activities *Co-first authors.

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  • Short and Lazzaro, 2013

    Reproductive Status Alters Transcriptomic Response to Infection in Female Drosophila melanogaster

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  • Short, Wolfner and Lazzaro, 2012

    Female Drosophila melanogaster suffer reduced defense against infection due to seminal fluid components.

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Did you know that bugs get sick?

Did you know that some get more sick than others?

I am interested in the complex nature of insect immunity and the genetic, ecological and evolutionary factors that shape it. I study:

  • Mosquitoes and their non-pathogenic gut microbes.
  • Virulence mechanisms of mosquito bacterial pathogens.
  • Trade-offs between immunity and life-history traits in Drosophila melanogaster.

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