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Emme Bruns, PI

Emme got her start in plant disease ecology at the University of California Santa Cruz.  She did her Ph.D. with Dr. Georgiana May at the University of Minnesota, studying constraints to oat crown rust virulence evolution.  She went on to a post-doc with Dr. Janis Antonovics at the University of Virginia, studying disease dynamics at species range limits in the Alps.  She started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland in January 2020. 



Sam Slowinski, Postdoc

Sam S. is an evolutionary biologist and disease ecologist.  He is working on the evolution of age-specific susceptibly.  Check out his website to learn about his cool prior work on experimental host-parasite coevolution in nematodes and impacts of migration on disease in birds:


Sam Hulse, Postdoc

Sam H. is a quantitative evolutionary biologist with a background in sexual selection and applied mathematics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is developing evolutionary models of resistance correlations to multiple pathogens.


Yanelyn Perez,  Graduate student

Yanelyn is a second year PhD student in the BEES concentration of the BISI program. Her research interests revolve around disease ecology and parasitology. She is a recent graduate of the University of California-Santa Barbara, where she majored in biology and spent three years researching different aspects of the frog killing fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. For her PhD she is interested how pathogen-pathogen interactions can help shape community structure of disease within a host population.


Allyson Kido, Lab manager

Ally is a graduate of Amherst College, where she majored in biology and did her thesis research on the relationship between pigmentation and stress in convict cichlids.  After graduating she worked as a technician in the lab of Michael Hood at Amherst college studying anther-smut disease.  Ally is running out current field project at the Beltsville Farm! 

Current Undergraduates! 

We have a great group of Undergraduates working in the lab this past year!


Kiley Bitner-Parish


Rayshaun Petit


Eirena Li

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Alex Peska


Dalia Chen


Kaela Coil