Welcome to the Savage Lab

We study the ecology and evolution of ectothermic vertebrates and their pathogens. Emerging infectious diseases are a pervasive threat to amphibian and reptile populations, and we strive to understand the what, when, where, how, and especially why of virulence in these host-pathogen systems. To do this, we use functional genomic, population genetic, and other molecular tools to ask questions at multiple levels of biological organization, from host community assemblages and population dynamics, to individual susceptibility and immune function, to microbial communities and sub-cellular interactions between host and pathogen molecules.

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Lab news

We’ve had a fantastic end to the fall semester!

Over the past month, grad students Matt and Jacob successfully defended their dissertation and thesis proposals, and undergrads Eleni and Leah both received Office of Undergraduate Research Grants to support their independent research projects. Congrats everyone and happy holidays!