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Current Lab Members

Biology Department, University of Virginia,

485 McCormick Road
P.O. Box 400328
Charlottesville, VA 22904, USA


Janis Antonovics, PhD FRS

Research Professor e-mail:

Janis is now retired from teaching, but still active in research. For his Ph.D. thesis, he studied speciation in plants on metal contaminated soils in Wales under the supervision of Dr. Tony Bradshaw, and his first position was at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He moved to Duke University in 1970, and has been at the University of Virginia since 1998. He is pictured here recently visiting the area of Leadhills, in Scotland.    


Caroline Amoroso, PhD
NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Caroline is jointly sponsored by Dr. Mandy Gibson and myself. She is studying the relative roles for behavioral and physiological resistance in the evolution of host-pathogen interactions, using both theory and experimental evolution in Caenorhabditis. She did her PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University studying behavioral avoidance of parasites in lemurs, and she has published extensively on the ecology and evolution of behavioral resistance to parasites. 


Leila Shepard

Graduated (congratulations), recent Independent Study student

Leila is now studying for admission to an MD/PhD program and writing up her honors project with Caroline Amoroso on the cost of avoidance in the Serratia/Caenorhabditis system. 

Past Grad Students, Postdocs, Undergrads click here

Main research collaborations 

Dr. Amanda Gibson, Biology Department, University of Virginia Link

Dr. Doug Taylor, Biology Department, University of Virginia Link

Dr. Michael Hood, Biology Department, Amherst College, Massachusetts Link

Dr. Emme Bruns, Biology Department, University of Maryland Link

Dr. Mike Boots, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley Link

Prof. Dr. Matthias Rillig, Institute of Biology, Free University, Berlin, Germany Link

Dr. Valentina Carasso & Bruno Gallino, Parco Naturale del Marguareis, Italy Link

Dr. Georgy Levit, Biodidaktik, Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany Link

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