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Lab Members

Jaap de Roode

Associate Professor of Biology

Jaap received his MSc in Population Biology from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and his PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He is interested in the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, and currently studies infectious diseases of monarch butterflies, honey bees and humans.

Kandis Adams

FIRST Postdoctoral Fellow

Kandis obtained her PhD from Morehouse School of Medicine, and is currently a postdoc in Emory’s FIRST program. She uses monarch butterflies as a novel model system to study the role of the circadian system in animal behavior and physiology.

Erik Edwards

Greenhouse manager

Erik obtained a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Georgia and has worked as grower at several commercial greenhouses. Since November 2017, he has been in charge of the Biology Department’s greenhouse, facilitating monarch butterfly work in the de Roode and Gerardo labs.

Erica Harris

PBEE Graduate Student

Erica is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and Woodrow Wilson Mellon Mays Fellow. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Cellular Biology at Rice University, and is currently co-advised by Nicole Gerardo and Jaap de Roode. She is interested in how environmental factors mediate host-parasite interactions and uses monarch butterflies to study how host diet and gut microbial communities mediate disease resistance.

Travis Dynes

PBEE Graduate Student

Travis obtained his Master of Science from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is interested in how spatial features can affect parasite transmission, population dynamics and virulence evolution. In collaboration with Berry Brosi and Keith Delaplane, he is studying the role of spatial structure and host density on parasite transmission and virulence in Varroa destructor mites, which infect honey bees.

Wen-Hao Tan

PBEE Graduate Student

Wen-Hao obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology from National Taiwan University, and is currently co-advised by Jaap de Roode and Nicole Gerardo. He is interested in ecological immunology and evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions. His dissertation research focuses on the immunity of monarch caterpillars to protozoan parasites, and the interactions between host immunity, parasites, and milkweed food plants.

Signe White

PBEE Graduate Student

Signe earned her BS in Human Biology and BA in Anthropology from Indiana University in 2012. She is co-advised by Levi Morran and Jaap de Roode, and is interested in the evolution of infectious diseases. She uses Caenorhabditis elegans and their microsporidial and bacterial pathogens to study virulence evolution in heterogeneous host populations. Signe was also a 2017-2018 Graduate Fellow for the Emory Undergraduate Research Partners Program.

Kelsey Shaw

PBEE Graduate Student

Kelsey obtained her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology from Duke University, and then went on to get her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. She studies host-parasite interactions and ecoimmunology in Dave Civitello’s lab. She is currently completing experiments on cardenolide-conferred parasite resistance in monarchs in the de Roode lab.

Elizabeth Sun

Undergraduate Student

Elizabeth is a second-year student, pursuing a B.S. in Biology and a major in Piano Performance. She is interested in exploring the various ways in which monarch butterflies can be used as a model organism to further scientific discovery. 

Ava Salmi

Undergraduate Student – Biology 499 (Research for Credit)

Ava is a fourth year student, completing a major in biology. She is interested in how gut microbial communities in monarchs may confer disease resistance against protozoan parasites. After graduation, she would like to study towards a degree in Marine Biology.

Ezinne Nwadinobi

Undergraduate Student – Biology 200 (Biology Research) and Biology 499 (Research for Credit)

Ezinne is a fourth year student, majoring in biology. She is interested in the interrelationship between the immune system and the circadian rhythms of monarch butterflies. After graduation, she plans on furthering her education and obtaining a degree in Orthodontics.

Wajd Alaidrous

Undergraduate Student

Wajd is a second-year student completing a B.S. in Biology. She is interested in studying infectious diseases in monarchs and methods used to study them. In the future, she would like to make discoveries in medicine using monarch butterflies and other model organisms.

Mahal Bugay

Undergraduate Student – Independent Research, Agnes Scott

Mahal is a fourth year student at Agnes Scott College. She started research in the lab as part of the SURE program in 2016 and has since taken part in research for credit through Agnes Scott. She is interested in the effects of milkweed microbiota on the resistance of monarch butterflies to their protozoan parasites.


Lab Alumni


PhD Students

Eleanore Sternberg

Thesis title: “Studies of local adaptation and ecological determinants of infection in a monarch butterfly parasite interaction”

Amanda Pierce

Thesis title: “Determining the effects of animal migration and range expansion on population genetics”

Zachary Lynch

Thesis title: “Effects of parasites on host adaptation: immune system trade-offs, alternative behavioral defenses, and outcrossing rates”

Mary Bushman

Thesis title: “Within-host competition and evolution of drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum

MS Students

Dylan Grippi

Thesis title: “Within-host ecology: parasitism over a changing landscape”

Gayatri Sekar

Thesis title: “Assessing competition between drug resistant and drug sensitive parasites in natural populations of Plasmodium falciparum

Andrew Mongue

Thesis title: “Dynamics of multiple matings in monarch butterflies”

Ivan Shoemaker

Thesis title: “Risk-based plasticity of self-medication behavior in Drosophila melanogaster

Undergraduate Students

Abby Hotaling

Kristen Eichamer

Becca Nation

Mahal Bugay

Alicia Johnson

Chengwei Lo

Jessica Cai

Dametris Osbourne

Carl Dalmeus

Destane Garrett

Sasha Iwamoto

Aamina Ahmad

Kevin Hoang

Michelle Tsai

Itai Doron

Yiwen Li

Sarah Kuehl

Maaz Ahmed

Roy Kucuk

Jessica Nguyen

Yaw Kumi-Ansu

Kristoffer Leon

Andrew Mongue

Camden Gowler

Marie Bangura

Charisma Mylavarapu

Elizabeth Moore

Yamini Potini

Milan Udawatta

Rohini Swamy

Rebecca Wang

Shahbadul Faraz

John Joyave

Amanda Rawstern

Sarah Sonny

Carlos Lopez

Ashley Darar

Hui Li

Brandon Hedrick

Junjian Huang