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.
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.
Venkat obtained a Masters of Technology in Bioinformatics from SASTRA University in India and a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from Uppsala University in Sweden (in the lab of Niklas Backström). Much of his work has focused on population genomics and speciation genetics of birds and butterflies. He is interested in quantifying the genomic differentiation between migratory monarch butterflies and monarchs that have lost their migration to form sedentary populations in North America, as part of a collaboration with Sonia Altizer (University of Georgia), Karen Oberhauser (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Caz Taylor (Tulane University).
Lewis obtained his undergraduate degree in Zoology at University of Cambridge, University of Exeter where he is due to receive his PhD on the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases and honeybees. He is currently working on the role of viruses in explaining patterns of honeybee health as part of the de Roode lab, in collaboration with Berry Brosi (Emory), Keith Delaplane (UGA), Mike Boots (UC Berkeley) and Lena Wilfert (Exeter). Lewis is broadly interested in the evolutionary ecology of infectious diseases, social insects, and agriculture. He uses both empirical approaches as well as models & theory to examine these topics both as standalone study areas and at their intersections.
FIRST Postdoctoral Fellow
Scott obtained his PhD from the University of Utah and is currently a postdoc in Emory’s FIRST program, working with Nicole Gerardo and Jaap de Roode. Scott’s research focuses on reproductive isolation and speciation. In Jaap’s lab, he studies mating behavior of monarch butterflies.
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.
Joselyne received her BA in Biology: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the Research Specialist for the de Roode and Gerardo labs. Her interests include the effects of climate change and other environmental factors on monarch-milkweed system and the application of chemical ecology techniques to better understand the mechanisms involved in the symbiosis and how those interactions have evolved over time.
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.
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.
PBEE Graduate Student
Kharrie earned her B.S. with a double major in Forensic Science and Biology and a minor in Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently studying the role of cardenolides in the medicinal effects of milkweeds on monarch butterflies.
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.
Isabella is a second-year student pursuing a B.S. in Anthropology and Human Biology and a minor in Global Health. She is interested in studying disease spread and immunity in monarch butterfly populations.
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.
Undergraduate Student – Research for credit
Krish is a second year student doing a BS in Chemistry and a BS in Biology. He is interested in the effects of cardenolides on monarch butterfly resistance to their parasites. In addition to his research, he also is a teaching assistant for Introductory Biology.
Undergraduate Student – Independent Research, Agnes Scott
Gwen is a second year student at Agnes Scott College. She is interested in the effects of migration and breeding on parasite prevalence in monarch and queen butterfly populations.
Karl is a rising third year student pursuing a B.S. in Biology and a minor in History. He is interested in studying monarch mating behavior. When not in the lab, he is a teaching assistant for Introductory Biology.
Ella is a rising sophomore, pursuing a B.S. in Biology. She is interested in studying monarch butterfly behavior and evolution.
Undergraduate Student – LGS SOAR program
Miles is a rising junior at Davidson College (Davidson, NC), where he is pursuing a Biology major/ Hispanic studies minor with a focus on Pre-medicine. He is interested in understanding how research in monarch butterflies can provide information about curbing infection and disease in humans.
John is an Emory undergraduate and interested in mating behavior of monarch butterflies.
Ahmed is a raising sophomore pursuing a BS in Biology and a minor in media studies. He is interested in environmental effects on organisms’ behaviors, and is using monarch butterflies as a model organism.
Thesis title: “Studies of local adaptation and ecological determinants of infection in a monarch butterfly parasite interaction”
Thesis title: “Determining the effects of animal migration and range expansion on population genetics”
Thesis title: “Genetics and human management in Varroa destructor parasitism”
Thesis title: “Effects of parasites on host adaptation: immune system trade-offs, alternative behavioral defenses, and outcrossing rates”
Thesis title: “Within-host competition and evolution of drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum”
Thesis title: “Ecological immunology in a tri-trophic context: plant-mediated defense and immune gene evolution in monarch butterflies”
Thesis title: “Within-host ecology: parasitism over a changing landscape”
Thesis title: “Assessing competition between drug resistant and drug sensitive parasites in natural populations of Plasmodium falciparum”
Thesis title: “Dynamics of multiple matings in monarch butterflies”
Thesis title: “Risk-based plasticity of self-medication behavior in Drosophila melanogaster”