Department of Biology
Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education (Jan. 12, 2007), the 2005 Scholarly Productivity Index, by Academic Analytics, ranked Emory number two in the nation in the areas of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. As the nucleus of the Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (PBEE) Program is composed of faculty in the Department of Biology, this ranking clearly reflects the quality and the contributions of our PBEE faculty.

The several faculty in the area of PBEE study diverse problems and systems which range from the dynamics of bacterial populations to the ecology and evolution of human diseases.

Faculty working in this area of research:

Faculty Quick Description
Rustom Antia
Rollins 1107
I am interested in developing a quantitative understanding of the dynamics of pathogens and immune responses. View Profile.
Chris Beck
Rollins 1105
I am working on improving inquiry-based learning in laboratory classes by developing the bean beetle as a new model system for teaching. View Profile.
Dave Civitello
Rollins 1011
Why do epidemics grow large in some places but not others? Our current research aims to build new theory for disease outbreaks that can explain parasite transmission and reproduction in heterogeneous populations and dynamic environments. We combine field surveys, experiments, and mathematical modeling to improve predictions and control of disease outbreaks that are relevant for biodiversity conservation and human health. View Profile.
Jaap De Roode
Rollins 1113
We study the evolution of parasites and their hosts. One of our main questions is how environmental conditions can select for more or less harmful parasites. View Profile.
Nicole Gerardo
Rollins 1111
Our lab is interested in how host and microbial traits shape the evolution of both beneficial and harmful associations. We are particularly interested in how host immune responses differ upon introduction of beneficial versus harmful microbes, and how the presence of protective microbes alters host investment in immunity. We utilize insect microbe associations amenable to experimental manipulation. View Profile.
Meleah Hickman
Rollins 1027
The Hickman lab investigates the strategies yeast species employ to generate genetic and phenotypic variation that facilitate environmental adaptation. We primarily focus on the genomic plasticity of Candida albicans, the leading fungal pathogen of humans and its ability to rapidly acquire resistance to antifungal drugs. View Profile.
Katia Koelle
Rollins 1015
We study the ecological, evolutionary, and within-host dynamics of RNA viruses. Our focus is on viruses affecting humans, particularly influenza and dengue viruses. View Profile.
Bruce Levin
Rollins 1109
We do theoretical and empirical studies of the population biology and evolution of bacteria and their accessory genetic elements and the population dynamics, evolution, and control of infectious disease. View Profile.
John Lucchesi, Emeritus
Rollins 1011
Dr. Lucchesi retired in 2015.
Chromatin is the complex of DNA and protein that makes up chromosomes. We study the chemical and structural changes that occur in chromatin in order to initiate and maintain gene expression. View Profile.
David Lynn
Emerson Hall E409
My research interests include chemical biology, self-assembly, and signal transduction in cellular development and pathogenesis, conformation and molecular evolution, nanostructural synthesis and self-assembly, molecular skeletons for storing and reading information, and the origins of life. View Profile.
Levi Morran
Rollins 1029
We study sex and coevolution. We want to know why sex is so common in nature and how interactions between species alter the course of evolution. View Profile.
Ilya Nemenman
Math & Science Center N240
My group is applying methods of theoretical physics and information theory to understand how biological systems, such as molecular circuits, entire cellular networks, single neurons, whole brains, and entire populations learn from their surrounding environment and respond to it. View Profile.
Leslie Real
Rollins 1001A
Interaction of genetic structure of populations and the ecological dynamics of infectious diseases; molecular evolution in rabies viruses. View Profile.
Shozo Yokoyama, Emeritus
Rollins 2101
We study the molecular genetics and adaptive evolution of color and dim-light vision in various vertebrate species. To elucidate the molecular mechanisms of these adaptive events, we use methods of molecular/cell biology, protein modeling, quantum chemistry, psychophysics, and molecular evolution. View Profile.

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