Study systems

Driving in the fieldImmunology labWe endeavour to merge evolutionary and ecological theory with insights from virology, genomics, experimental evolution and field studies, and to test predictions of mathematical models with experiments on carefully selected model systems including bacteria, bacteriophages and endophytic fungi as representatives of pathogens; protozoans and birds as representatives of predators; and ants, moths and fish as representatives of host or prey species. We also explore the impact of multi-level selection on self-sacrificial versus antagonistic interactions between individuals in different types of societies: bacterial biofilms, social insects and humans. We work with: